Michigan primaries reveal potential nominees for the upcoming election


Nick Meyle, Staff Writer

While the 2020 Primaries are still underway, a number of the elections have taken place and awarded their delegates. Within the primary process, voters of their respective parties head to the polls. Listed on the ballots are each candidate, and the voters then mark which one they agree with. It works the same with both Democrats and Republicans.

On the Republican side, President Donald Trump is running for another four years in the White House. Citing economic numbers, the border wall, and more, the President is almost certain to be renominated by his party. So far, Trump has won all of the state contests, facing minimal opposition from other Republicans. 

Democrats, on the other hand, have three politicians aiming for the nomination. Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard are still in the race. Two of them, Sanders & Biden, are the frontrunners. Both have racked up a large number of delegates and have won different states. A self-described Democratic Socialist, Sanders sits far left on the political spectrum. Biden is the more moderate candidate, being center-left politically. The biggest difference between these two has to do with economics. Sanders believes in a more controlled economy, whereas Biden is a capitalist (albeit a left-leaning one). The two have sparred over a number of issues, ranging from healthcare to foreign policy. However, an agreement between Sanders and Biden is also present, including support for expanding civil rights protections for LGBT Americans, protecting the environment, and raising taxes on the rich.

Michigan held its party primaries on March 10th. As expected, Donald Trump won it on the Republican side, claiming all of the delegates up to offer. Joe Biden decisively won the Michigan Democratic Primary with roughly 53% of the vote. Sanders came in second with 36%. The win was a major success for the Biden Campaign, as it displayed the support he’s got from the unions, which are one of the biggest voting demographic for Democrats in the state. 72 delegates were awarded to him, whereas Sanders achieved 52 delegates.

It is still uncertain who will be the nominee in November, but what is for certain is that this general election cycle will be one that historians talk about for years to come.



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