Michigan delivers big upset to Bernie Sanders in Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore.
Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore.

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┬áSanders 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

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.

  • Wild Wings

    At Clinton’s Detroit televised rally on Monday before the election, all of the 30+ attendees standing behind the podium and visible to the tv audience were African Americans, except for two people. In my mind, I was thinking, by extension, that there was a huge turnout of black supporters in the audience. When the speech was over and she was headed to the exit. The camera widened and there was a sea of white voters, maybe 95% of the audience. Slight of hand here?

  • javierjuanmanuel

    ha! Wassermen and hill are in such deep shit.

  • Dustin Scriven

    When you say “Major Upset”, you mean Major Win right? Muckracker, your bias is showing

    • javierjuanmanuel

      I am pretty sure its in reference to all the big name polls saying hillary would win by as much as 20 %. Its a net difference of 22 % then. Also its a come from behind, or out of no where … whatever you want to frame it as.

      He didn’t clobber hill, he would have had to win by about 15 % in politics, thats a slaughters. But she was supposed to slaughter him, and failed.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Way to go Bernie. Just gos to show you that people can make a difference.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      If Wassermen and the establishment dems allow it to happen. You might be darn near ready to riot come election time. Wassermen has been trying to hand the election to hill since the start.

      Bernie was only supposed to be there, to make Hillary look more moderate. The plan failed, its out of control now.

      Now they risk alienating all the dems who want bernie when they Eff him over in the fall, which then means they will not show up to vote hillary. If they honor bernie he will not get enough independent or undecided votes. Wassermen should be ready to have a nervous breakdown any week now.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        I agree with your statement of usage of the term” Allow”. How true that is. Both of these parties are controlled by extremely wealthy people. I think most times it comes down to the chess pieces, and who moves them.