The results are in: Bernie Sanders has beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 1.7 percent, or 19,437 votes according to Associated Press Election Services. Out of the 130 delegates at stake, Sanders has won 65, while Clinton has won 58.
Sanders won the majority of smaller Michigan counties, including Kalamazoo 60.6 percent to 37.9 percent, but Clinton narrowed her losing margin by winning the counties surrounding Detroit: Macomb, Oakland and Wayne. AP shows that Detriot contains the vast majority of delegates in Michigan proportional to its size. Despite that, Sanders won other big Michigan cities like Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Traverse City and Kalamazoo.
Clinton’s win in Detroit is indicative of her campaign’s goal to win over minorities, including African-Americans, with Detroit being over 83 percent African-American. Clinton also won high African-American areas such as Genesee county, where Flint is located, and Saginaw.
Sanders issued the following statement from his headquarters in Miami Florida, where he commented on his campaign “coming-from-behind” after he was projected to lose in Michigan, and how he will use that momentum to continue through the industrial states.
“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,” he stated in the press release. “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.”
Sanders is popular among young voters, which has been a cornerstone of his campaign. Senior Joel Kupstas said he voted for Sanders and was “very excited” over his win in Michigan.
“I like how he stands for higher minimum wage, woman’s right to choose on abortion,” Kupstas said, “need for reform in campaign funding, decreased defense funding, [and] higher taxes on the upper class because trick-down economics does not work.”
Despite being a supporter of Sanders, Kupstas’ political views also align with Clinton’s campaign as well, but supports Sanders because “he isn’t bought by Wall Street.”
“His campaign funding is completely different from Hillary’s, because Hillary was funded by big companies and the media is entirely focused on her, and the entire political structure is skewed and corrupt,” Kupstas said. “She has good ideals, but is bought by Wall Street and that limits what she’s able to do without upsetting people who fund her campaign.”
Kupstas said that if Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, he believes there is a very strong chance of him winning the general election. However if Sanders does not win the nomination, Kupstas said he will “begrudgingly” support Hillary.
Sophomore Dallas Fuller said he isn’t sure whether he or his parents would support Hillary if Bernie didn’t make the nomination. Fuller said his mom took him to the Bernie Sanders rally on Monday at the K-Wings Stadium, and said he likes Bernie because he’s “different” from the other candidates.
“I think as time goes on, he’s going to draw more and more people because he’s different, and people are going to realize that what he’s fighting for is for the people, and not just the top one-percent,” Fuller said.
Fuller said he doesn’t trust Hillary.
“Because of all the scandals that have happened to her, and she used to be a Republican and then she switched,” Fuller said.
Senior Caleb Alofs also went to the Sanders rally.
“It was really interesting because I’ve never been to a political event, but it was really cool to see everyone there really enthused about politics, you don’t really see that too much in a high school setting,” Alofs said.
Alofs said he sides with Sanders on his views of the economy: taxing the super rich to pay for government programs, like paid college tuition for all students. Like Kupstas, Alofs said he supports Sanders because he isn’t funded by Wall Street, and is hopeful that Sanders will win the nomination because of how far his campaign has come in the last few months.
“I think the younger generation are a lot more left-leaning, more open minded when it comes to stuff like gay rights and other equality issues, so people tend to go to him more,” Alofs said.
Sophomore Sydney Rotigel-Finegan said Sanders is an idealist, and doesn’t believe Sanders, if elected, will get everything done he wishes to, but still earns her support.
“The fact that he’s willing to fight hard for equality and fixing our rigged economy, etc., etc., just brings hope,” she said.
In regards to Sander’s policy to make college tuition free, Rotigel-Finegan admits that, as a highschool student, it is very appealing, along with his belief of turning the economy around.
“I think his viewpoint on actually running his campaign is really unique and refreshing also,”Rotigel-Finegan said. “The way he communicates his perspective on everything, and to go against the grain, without a Super PAC.”
One of Rotigel-Finegan’s parents voted for Sanders, and the other voted for Hillary. Her grandmother, she said, who took her to the Sanders rally, voted for him as well.
According to CNN, Clinton already is leading Sanders by a large margin in the Florida and Ohio primary, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15.
By Dylan Grosser
Additional reporting supplied by: Marleigh Thorn.