Bernie Sanders pulled off what can only be considered an “epic” win last night in Michigan, defying all predictions and polling. Michigan, my home state, was, against all reason and logic, feeling the Bern.
But while Bernie was cracking the champagne to celebrate his victory, Hillary Clinton was the one riding off into the sunset with the majority of delegates. Because, yet again, Michigan’s Democratic party has a wealth of superdelegates, and Hillary Clinton managed to snag quite a few for herself.
Clinton cleaned up in Mississippi, winning 83 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. Sanders on the other hand, finished with just 16 percent, 1 point above the threshold to win delegates. That gave Clinton an estimated 28 delegates, compared to just one for Sanders by the AP’s count, with seven more unaccounted for at midnight.
The tight margin in Michigan will likely prevent Sanders from narrowing the delegate gap, despite his win there. The AP projected Sanders the winner with 50 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 48 percent. That will give him at least 63 pledged delegates to Clinton’s 52, the AP reports, with another 15 left outstanding. As long as those delegates are bound around the state’s margin, Clinton win the Tuesday night delegate haul.
So what will that mean for Bernie? He’s still around 200 delegates behind Clinton, with insurmountable challenges ahead. And that’s only if you count the delegates that each has actually won in the primary contests. Clinton, with the unpledged superdelegate count far in her favor, has 1,220 delegates. Sanders is 700 delegates behind. For Sanders, it’s not impossible, but it is pretty unlikely, that he’ll manage to grab the 2,800 or so delegates he’ll need to take the nomination.