United States Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, bouncing in the polls and with several weighty endorsements, and his rival Bernie Sanders launched the Michigan election campaign on Monday before a main vote in the main battlefield state.
JoeBiden planned to win victories in the Democratic presidential elections of Missouri and Mississippi on Tuesday, delivering a fatal blow to rival Bernie Sanders on the day that six states made their choice in the race to challenge US President Donald Trump.
Biden, the former vice-president of Barack Obama and a big favorite of Sanders in the two states, should reach Mississippi and Missouri by Edison Research and the television networks on the basis of exit polls and first results.
The projections came at the close of polling stations in both states, as well as in North Dakota.
Biden, 77, was looking to take a big step towards the nomination to face Republican Trump in the Nov. 3 election after becoming the favorite with a streak of sweeping victories over Sanders in Super Tuesday’s competitions last week.
With Michigan the biggest prize of the day, Sanders, a socialist democrat and US senator from Vermont, hoped that an upset victory would keep his hopes of the White House faltering. Sanders, 78, won an astonishing upheaval against Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016, which ensured a long nomination fight – something Bidenhopes must avoid this time.
In total, 352 of the nearly 4,000 delegates to the July Democratic convention were up for grabs in the six states that voted on Tuesday, with Michigan the largest with 125 delegates.
ABidenbreakthrough in Michigan, with big wins in Missouri and Mississippi, could prove too difficult for Sanders to overcome. At the end of March, around two thirds of the delegates will be affected.
With 8% of the ridings declared in Michigan, Biden was in the lead with 52% against 44% for Sanders.
Tuesday, Biden was propelled to the first victories thanks to the strong support of a broad coalition of groups, including women, African-Americans, 45 years and over, and all but very liberal, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research.
As in previous states, Biden’s support was particularly strong among black voters. In Mississippi, where two-thirds of the electorate was African-American, Bidenwon had more than eight in ten black voters.
Washington and Idaho also held contests on Tuesday. There were no immediate projections for North Dakota, and polls close later in the other three states.
As fears spread about the coronavirus, Michigan voters said they trusted Bidenmore more than Sanders to handle a major crisis, according to exit polls.
Polls in Michigan have shown that about half of voters trusted Biden more in a crisis, compared to a third who trusted Biden, Biden’s last viable rival in the race, more.
Eight out of 10 voters in Washington, the hardest hit by coronavirus and the second largest state to vote on Tuesday, said they were concerned about the effects of the epidemic, with multiple voters supporting Biden, according to exit polls. ‘Edison Research.
The two candidates canceled scheduled rallies in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic, which has rocked markets and prompted Democrats to criticize the Trump administration’s response.
Campaigns have indicated that they follow the advice of Ohio public health officials. So far, Democratic candidates as well as Trump, 73, have largely continued to organize large-scale events despite the epidemic.
Since last week’s Super Tuesday games, Bidenhas has taken the lead in the national polls and delegates, eliminating all viable rivals except Sanders, and sweeping a wave of approvals from former candidates such as Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
Biden, who touted the Obama administration’s decision to bail out the auto industry, made an early morning campaign stoppage at the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in decades owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
“The unions have built the country,” said Bidens through a megaphone. “You are the best damn workers in the world.”
But his visit was marred by a confrontation with a worker who suggested he planned to confiscate the Americans’ guns. Biden, whose propensity to deviate from the script sometimes causes self-inflicted injuries, fell on the worker using obscenity.
Sanders attacked Biden in support of international trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is unpopular among many Michigan workers who say it has cost the state jobs. Outside the factory, a video showed workers chanting “Trump!”