How We Lost Michigan

In 2016, Bernie won a major upset in Michigan, thanks in part to a groundswell of support in the state’s rural areas. In 2020, he lost every county in the state — and the numbers show he lost many of his rural supporters, too.

The Sanders campaign routed Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016, winning seventy-two of the state’s eighty-four counties. The victory seemed to vindicate Bernie’s appeals to working-class Rust Belt voters: in Michigan’s open primary, Sanders commanded significant backing from independents, young voters, and others outside the typical Democratic Party electorate. And nowhere was this support more […]

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