Headline RoundupFebruary 28th, 2024

Joe Biden, Donald Trump Win Michigan Primaries

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump won the Michigan primaries, inching closer to securing the respective Democratic and Republican nominations and setting up a rematch of the 2020 election.

Democratic Primary: As of 8:30 CST Tuesday night, Biden held 79.6% of the vote, with “Uncommitted” in second with 14.9%. Prior to the primary, a faction of Michigan residents advocated for Democratic voters in the state to cast a ballot for “uncommitted” to protest President Joe Biden’s handling of the war in Gaza. Author Marianne Williamson earned 2.8% of the vote, and Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) earned 2.7%. This is Biden’s fourth win on the Democratic primary calendar, following wins in ​​South Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Republican Party: As of 8:30 CST Tuesday night, Trump held 66% of the vote, with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in second with 29.4%. Haley has vowed to continue her campaign to Super Tuesday. This is Trump’s fifth victory on the Republican primary calendar, following wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

How the Media Covered It: The “uncommitted” option received heavy coverage, with outlets determining it signifies a divide among the Democratic coalition that could hurt Biden’s chances of securing a second term. The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) also noted that Republicans are facing resistance from members of their party who believe Trump “broke the law in one or more of the criminal cases against him.”

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