U.S. Presidential primaries: Biden and Trump secure wins in Michigan

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28th February 2024 – (Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump emerged victorious in the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively, in the swing state of Michigan. This development was reported by multiple renowned U.S. news organiaations, including NBC News, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC News, shortly after polls closed at 8pm Central Standard Time (0200 GMT).

Biden sailed to an easy victory over Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips, his sole remaining opponent in the Democratic primary. However, the Michigan primary witnessed a notable protest as various activists, including young voters as well as Muslim and Arab American voters, strategically voted as “uncommitted” to express their dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Surprisingly, over 20,000 Democratic voters opted for the “uncommitted” option, underscoring the significance of their protest. To provide context, Trump won the state by a mere 11,000 votes against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

On the Republican front, Trump’s triumph over former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley marks his fifth consecutive victory in the primary races.

It’s worth noting that only 16 out of Michigan’s 55 presidential delegates will be awarded based on the primary results. The remaining delegates, totalling 39, will be determined at a Republican convention scheduled for 2nd March.

A recent Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey revealed that the economy is the primary concern for 31 percent of Michigan voters, followed by immigration, threats to democracy, healthcare, housing affordability, education, crime, and abortion access.

Michigan holds immense significance as a key swing state in U.S. presidential elections. Trump narrowly secured victory in the state in the 2016 election, defeating Hillary Clinton by a mere 0.2 percent. However, Biden managed to regain Michigan for the Democratic Party in the 2020 election, winning by a margin of 2.8 per cent.

With Super Tuesday rapidly approaching, when a significant number of states cast their votes in the primary cycle, the stakes are getting higher. This year, Super Tuesday falls on 5th March, with 15 states and one territory participating in the electoral process.