U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement tonight after The Associated Press projected that he won Tuesday’s primary election in Michigan:
“I am grateful to the people of Michigan for defying the pundits and pollsters and giving us their support. This is a critically important night. We came from 30 points down in Michigan and we’re seeing the same kind of come-from-behind momentum all across America.
“Not only is Michigan the gateway to the rest of the industrial Midwest, the results there show that we are a national campaign. We already have won in the Midwest, New England and the Great Plains and as more people get to know more about who we are and what our views are we’re going to do very well.”
Almost no pundit or poll gave Bernie a chance of winning Michigan as little as a week ago or even yesterday. We’ve been saying for several months that if a poll is leaning heavily on landline telephones, which most of them do, it can be very misleading. Of course we saw that tonight in Michigan. Sanders is proving to be a thorn in the side of the usually more accurate Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight, which gave Bernie less that a 1% chance of winning. Sanders also overcame huge odds in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Minnesota, with Nate Silver predicting Clinton wins in all states.
Even as great as this feels for Sanders supporters, the pundits and party insiders won’t admit to how important this win is. They’ll point to the fact that she won Mississippi by a wide margin, but that was expected….the upset in Michigan wasn’t.
What this win does do though, is puts Sanders in a great position to cut into her delegate lead with a run of wins over a large swath of this country. Next Tuesday Democrats will head to the polls in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Sanders should do well in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and there might be some surprises in store in NC and FLA. But after that Sanders has a great shot at winning 8 in row, from March 22 – April 9…click here to view those upcoming states. New York follows on April 19 with it’s 247 delegates, and 5 more states vote 7 days later, including delegate rich Pennsylvania with 189, another state he should do well in.
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