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March 8 marked the day where the Michigan presidential primaries took place. Michigan marked the primaries as one of the first major midwest state, and a significant number of delegate votes were up for grabs.The results took a rather surprising turn of events from both the Republicans and the Democrats.
On the Democrats’ side, candidate Hillary Clinton is currently ahead nationwide, with a huge number of her supporting delegates being superdelegates. Unlike within the Republican party, unelected Democratic delegates that can support his/her prefered candidate as superdelegates, giving his/her prefered candidate a head start in the polls. Michigan’s result came in late at night, with Sanders narrowly beating Hillary in the polls, with the candidates winning 65 and 58 delegates respectively. Though not a crushing defeat on Hillary’s part, this win was a huge win for Bernie, where polls had actually predicted Hillary’s unanimous victory. The Democrats’ voter turnout was much larger than in years previous. Many counties have actually ran out of ballots due the huge voter turnout this year. Hillary had won the majority of her supporter in larger counties, particularly in the Detroit area. Wayne county alone had 270,000 voters, a majority of whom voted for Clinton. Compared to Clinton, Sanders breadth of influence spread to a larger quantity of counties, having won 72 of Michigan’s 83.
The Republicans have Donald J. Trump as their current front runner, and that is no exception within the Michigan primaries. Trump passed his fellow candidates Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich by a significant margin. Trump’s influence within the counties was unanimous, with the exception of sparse wins in favor of Cruz and Kasich in a few other regions. Cruz, the second biggest Republican primary contender, won a large chunk of Michigan’s western counties. However Cruz didn’t win the second place spot by much. A surprise came from candidate John Kasich who, despite having won the least amount of primary delegates this so far, almost equalled Cruz’s numbers to the point that the two received the same number of delegates. Rubio, though popular enough in the nationwide primaries, had left much to be desired in Michigan having won no delegates. 25 delegates have been awarded to Trump and 17 to both Cruz and Kasich.
It isn’t a surprise a majority of Everett’s student demographic associate more to liberal views. One candidate sticks out the most in particular and for all of the right reasons: Bernie Sanders. Sanders have been dominating fellow candidates in regards to winning over the youth. His campaigning via social media far surpasses his rivals, gathering a huge following particularly on Facebook. Senior LeAnte Thompson voiced his support for Sanders. Thompson respects Sanders’ views for civil rights in particular.
“Bernie Sanders of course. He’s been there for civil rights for years, while Hillary is changed political views all the time,” said Thompson, “While Sanders was out protesting for black people, Hillary was campaigning with one of the most racist organizations. She’s a sneaky snake.”