Primary Results: Sanders and Trump win in Michigan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. 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 Democratic 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."
Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, claiming victory over Hillary Clinton in an industrial Midwest state where voters expressed concerns about trade and jobs.
But despite his close win, he won't see any real gains in delegates for the night. And Clinton has now earned more than half of the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.
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, Democratic voters head to the polls in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Florida. In all, 691 delegates will be at stake.
John Kasich says he's "very pleased" with the results in Michigan's primary, despite the race for second remaining too close to call between Kasich and Ted Cruz.
Speaking to an energized crowd Tuesday, Kasich said voters are beginning to hear and reward his positive campaign as the race turns to his home state of Ohio.
He's telling the crowd he got on his hands and knees and "almost kissed the ground" when his plane landed in Cleveland for an event Tuesday afternoon.
Kasich has yet to win a state, but has taken second place in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Still, his campaign is continuing on with the belief that the primary calendar will become more favorable as more Midwestern and northern states begin voting.
Of his campaign, he says, "we struggled and worked in obscurity for a very long time."
Donald Trump is expanding his lead in the race for delegates with wins in Republican primaries in Michigan and Mississippi.
Trump will win at least 21 delegates in Michigan and at least 20 in Mississippi. In Michigan, John Kasich will win at least 15 delegates and Ted Cruz will win at least 12.
There are a total of 150 Republican delegates at stake in four states Tuesday. Voters are also going to the polls in Idaho and Hawaii.
In the overall race for delegates, Trump has 428 and Cruz has 315. Rubio has 151 delegates and Kasich has 52.
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.