Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bernie Grabs the Michigan Headlines While Hillary Grabs the Mississippi Delegates

Did you hear about that crazy result last night? It absolutely blew me away and I'm still having a hard time believing it. Absolutely historic outcome in an important state.

Michigan? Nah. Independents crossed over into the Democratic primary to deliver Sanders a narrow victory and a few delegates in a state he seriously could not afford to lose. In terms of horserace headlines, was it certainly a big win for him though.

But headlines don't win primaries...delegates do. And Hillary won them last night with her mind-boggling 66-point landslide in Mississippi. To be clear, she didn't win with 66%...but rather, she beat him by that much (83%-17%).

These margins are closer to what we'd normally expect for a sitting president running unopposed for reelection. Let's take a moment to appreciate this stunning victory, and what it means:
With not quite all of last night's delegates allocated, here's how the race looks today (via 538):

Ask yourself this question: Would you rather be in a Sanders supporter's shoes today? With your candidate falling even more hopelessly behind in the race for the nomination with only a narrow victory in a must-win state to temporarily console you?

Didn't think so.

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