Donald Trump again demonstrated appeal regardless of age, income level and education level, exit polls in Mississippi's Republican primary showed Tuesday.
The real estate mogul performed best among voters with only a high school degree or less, winning more than half the vote compared with just more than a third for Ted Cruz. Among voters with postgraduate degrees the result was closer, but still Trump led with 4 out of 10 voters, compared to about 1 in 4 for Cruz and 1 in 5 for John Kasich.
There appeared to be a late shift in voter sentiment in the race's final days in Mississippi, a trend that also occurred in Super Tuesday states a week earlier. Among the one-third of voters who said they decided whom to vote for in just the last week, more than 4 in 10 backed Cruz, while a quarter backed Trump. Trump, though, won more than half of the vote among voters who decided earlier.
Ted Cruz won the Idaho Republican primary on Tuesday, a victory that strengthens the Texas senator’s effort to emerge as the sole viable alternative to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Idaho loss indicated that Trump’s domination of the campaign was beginning to ebb just as the New York billionaire is trying to establish himself as the presumptive Republican nominee amid a new onslaught of attacks from rivals and major party donors. Trump won the night's biggest delegate prizes, Michigan and Mississippi.
Sen. Bernie Sanders captured at least 543,000 votes Tuesday night in his Michigan victory — a huge sum more than Hillary Clinton won there in 2008 under very different circumstances.
Eight years ago, Michigan party officials bucked the Democratic National Committee and held an early primary in a violation of the rules protecting the first-in-the-nation status of Iowa, New Hampshire and a few others.
Candidates skipped campaigning in Michigan and Florida, which also broke the rules.
Bernie Sanders touted a "critically important night" in Michigan after pulling off an unexpected win Tuesday in a state where he trailed by double digits in the polls.
“I am grateful to the people of Michigan for defying the pundits and pollsters and giving us their support," he said in a statement. "We’re seeing the same kind of come-from-behind momentum all across America."
Sanders highlighted his campaign's success in areas around the country, an implicit contrast with rival Hillary Clinton, whose primary victories have come largely in the South.
Bernie Sanders won an upset victory over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the surprisingly close Democratic primary in Michigan, a state where he invested heavily and that his advisors called a “critical showdown.” Polls had shown Clinton with a double-digit lead in the state.
Sanders’ margin of victory will help determine how much the win will boost his campaign. He trails Clinton in total delegates needed to secure the nomination, and he needs to start scoring large wins to chip away at her lead.
It's a nail-biter in Michigan for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Polls ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary in the state showed Clinton with a double-digit lead, but with a little more than half of the state's precincts reporting, Sanders led slightly.
It's still an open question who will win the state, which has been viewed as a key battleground. Results were still pouring in from Detroit and Wayne County, the most populous area of the state, where the numbers were trending in Clinton's favor.