By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Bernie Sanders, who was projected to lose to Hillary Clinton by double-digits in Michigan, scraped out a victory in what’s being called one of the biggest upsets in presidential primary history.
Numerous media outlets declared Sanders the winner with 95% of the precincts counted at 11:35 p.m. He edged out Hillary by about 2%.
“The corporate media counted us out,” Sanders tweeted. “The pollsters said we were way behind. But we won. Thank you, Michigan.”
So how did Sanders win when many polls predicted he would lose by 20% or more?
Exit polls indicate Sanders picked up more African American votes than had been expected. Sanders garnered about 30% of the black votes, compared to 6% in Alabama, 14% in Georgia and 15% in Texas.
Young voters, who have been Sanders’ strongest demographic, also turned out in droves, contributing to the highest turnout in a Michigan primary for at least 36 years, the Secretary of State reported.
FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the nation’s most reputable election forecasters, predicted Sanders had just a 1% chance of winning Michigan. Harry Enten, of FiveThirtyEight, said Sanders’ victory was “one of the greatest shockers in presidential primary history.”
“Most of the polls were not close, and any thought that Sanders would exit this race in the foreseeable future has been put to rest by a stunning victory,” he added.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.