Republican and Democratic Establishments Put On Notice: Trump Scores 3 Big Wins, Sanders Upsets Clinton In Michigan
Bernie Sanders pulled off a shocking upset Tuesday night, beating Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic primary — where some polls going into the race had him trailing by double-digits — and wiping out Clinton's win earlier in the night in Mississippi.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump, meanwhile, regained any momentum lost last weekend against Ted Cruz, sweeping to convincing victories in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii, sending a message to the Republican establishment to jump on board — or get out of the way.
Fox News projects Cruz will win the Idaho GOP primary, with Trump placing second there.
But Trump's victories were more valuable in terms of delegates. And the results Tuesday also may help shape the fate of Marco Rubio, who appeared once again to finish the night failing to gain any delegates.
Cruz and John Kasich, meanwhile, were locked in a dogfight for second place in Michigan, the neighboring state to Ohio, where Kasich is counting on a win next week to salvage his campaign.
On the Democratic side, Clinton easily won Mississippi’s primary earlier Tuesday, thanks in part to her overwhelming support from black voters, and likely will pick up more delegates in Tuesday’s contests than Sanders.
But the Vermont senator’s surprising Michigan win could give him a bounce as he and the rest of the candidates charge into the vital March 15 primaries in Florida, Ohio and three other big states. All 15 pre-election polls in Michigan this year showed Clinton leading Sanders by double-digits.
This is now the ninth and largest state that Sanders has won so far in the Democratic presidential campaign.
Sanders chief strategist John Weaver blasted out a memo touting the Michigan performance, saying the state “provides a springboard into the races on March 15, the day the race will officially reset."
For his part, Trump is looking to March 15 to sideline the rest of the GOP field for good – something he tried to start doing Tuesday night. At a press conference at his golf club in Juniper, Fla., he said of his remaining rivals, “They’re pretty much all gone.”
Michigan was the biggest prize on the map Tuesday, with four states in total voting.
On the Republican side in Mississippi, Trump's projected victory leaves Cruz to finish in second place. Kasich and Rubio are locked in a battle for third.