Poll: Biden leads Sanders in Michigan ahead of Democratic primary

Poll: Biden leads Sanders in Michigan ahead of Democratic primary
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE has a nearly 7-point lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza MORE (I-Vt.) in Michigan ahead of the Wolverine State’s primary next week, according to a new Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll released Tuesday.

Biden got the support of 29 percent of likely primary voters in the survey, compared with 22.5 percent for Sanders. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg garnered 10.5 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (D-Mass.) captured 7 percent.

Biden’s lead in the poll is largely due to support from voters over the age of 50 as well as black voters. Sanders, meanwhile, beats out the former vice president among voters under 50 and college-educated men.


The Wolverine State’s primary is set to be a test of the support for both Biden and Sanders among white, working-class voters, though Biden is expected to have an edge among African American voters in the populous precincts in and around Detroit.

Sanders narrowly won the Michigan primary in 2016 over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE by just over 1 point.

Michigan will hold its primary on March 10 and will allocate 125 pledged delegates. The state will be a top battleground in November, as Democrats are eager to return it to their column after losing Michigan to President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE in 2016. 

The poll was conducted during a surge in momentum for Biden, who won the South Carolina primary Saturday by a nearly 30-point margin. He also consolidated his grip over the centrist lane of the primary field after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.) dropped out of the White House race and endorsed Biden.

"What we saw in our numbers each night [of the poll] was a huge Biden surge," pollster Richard Czuba said. 

"But there's still great fluidity. This race is close in Michigan, and I think it will continue to be close," he added. "It's all going to be determined by who actually bothers to vote."

The Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll surveyed 600 likely primary voters from Feb. 28-March 3 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.