Trump, Sanders Michigan Primary winners

(WLNS/AP) – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are adding Michigan to their lists of primary election wins.

Trump was called shortly after the polls closed and results began coming in. Sanders was called around 11:30 p.m. following technical delays in Detroit’s election counting.

For Trump, the victory continues his momentum that rivals have struggled to show. Trump prevailed over Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

If he secures the nomination, Trump will seek to become the first Republican to win Michigan in a presidential election since 1988, when George H.W. Bush was elected.

Michigan’s 59 GOP delegates will be divided proportionally among Trump and any other candidate who gets a minimum 15 percent of the statewide vote.

On the Democratic side, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s “grateful to the people of Michigan for defying the pundits and pollsters” and delivering him a win in the state’s presidential primary.

In a statement issued after Sanders’ win over Hillary Clinton, he says, “We came from 30 points down in Michigan and we’re seeing the same kind of come-from-behind momentum all across America.”

Sanders adds that the results “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.”

With 130 Michigan delegates at stake, Sanders will win at least 63 and Clinton at least 52. His gains will be canceled out by Clinton’s earlier win in Mississippi. She already entered the night with a 196-delegate lead over Sanders based on primaries and caucuses alone.

Democrats award delegates in proportion to the vote, so Clinton was able to add on a good chunk of delegates even after losing Michigan.

Including superdelegates, her lead becomes even bigger – at least 1,214 to Sanders’ 566.

Still, Sanders can claim a small streak of wins going into a pivotal batch of delegate-rich contests next week.

Since Super Tuesday, Sanders has now won four of the last six states holding contests.

Next week, voters head to the polls in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Florida. In all, 691 delegates will be at stake.

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