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Berned Alive: Biden Demolishes Bernie Sanders in Michigan

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"Look, fat," it’s time to drop out. That’s what former Vice President Joe Biden should say to Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s all but over. Super Tuesday 2.0 was a disaster for Bernie, a total rout. Missouri and Mississippi were called immediately, as Biden just outright dominated among black Democrats. This aspect of the race alone has become clearer: if you’re losing to this group by the margins Sanders has in his two presidential runs, you can’t win. I know his loss of support in the North is what’s being talked about, but his overall presidential ambitions were once again clipped by Black Democrats, who now know where he stands on the issues. They don’t want a left-wing revolution. 

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In Michigan, Bernie looked like he was heading into an iceberg. His strength among rural white working-class voters in 2016 is gone. These people are now Trump supporters. Nate Cohn of The New York Times noted that whatever support he’s lost with this group; Sanders has been able to make it up with Latino support. Bernie’s Latino outreach has been excellent, but Michigan isn’t Latino-heavy, nor are most of the states as this contest heads East. 

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Bernie won Michigan in 2016, an upset after Hillary Clinton was shown to be in the lead by double digits. Now, the opposite has happened. All the areas he won four years ago flipped for Biden. Kalamazoo County was the bellwether. Bernie won this county by 20+ points in 2016. Now, he barely won it by 0.4 percent, a virtual tie. The writing was on the wall. Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman called it before the networks, but NBC News, Fox News, Decision Desk HQ, and others have followed suit.

This is a gut punch to Bernie, whose lead in the delegate count will now venture into insurmountable territory. 

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