WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden is projected to win the Michigan Democratic presidential primary, making his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders nearly insurmountable.
News networks and The Associated Press called Michigan for the former vice president on Tuesday evening.
Sanders won the state in 2016 and it was seen as the key to salvaging his presidential run this year.
Biden also took Missouri and Mississippi. Three other states that went to the polls Tuesday — Washington, Idaho, and North Dakota — were not yet called.
Sanders’ win in 2016 in Michigan made him a serious threat to Hillary Clinton’s efforts that year to get the Democratic presidential nomination. The Vermont senator was this year unable to build the same coalition of young voters and working-class whites who pulled off that victory.
Sanders in 2016 became the first Jewish candidate to win major-party nominating contests.