Biden beats Sanders in Michigan primary

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? MORE defeated Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) in Michigan’s primary, taking the top prize of the six states voting Tuesday.

Multiple news outlets called the race for Biden shortly after 9 p.m. ET.

Michigan’s primary, which will allocate a total of 125 pledged delegates, was seen as a must-win contest for both candidates as Democrats look to win back a state that went to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE in 2016.

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Biden was leading by double digits in the state with 40 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, following projected wins in Mississippi and Missouri.

Sanders won the Michigan primary over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonStakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff Poll: Biden leads Trump by 5 points in Minnesota Pelosi makes fans as Democrat who gets under Trump's skin MORE in 2016. However, he was unable to expand his coalition in the Great Lakes state in the face of Biden's broad base of support.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE, hit Biden and the Democratic establishment in a statement following Biden's win in Michigan.

"It is also clear that the Democrat establishment has rallied around the confused Joe Biden in an effort to deny the nomination to Bernie Sanders. Either way, President Trump is on an unstoppable drive toward re-election," Parscale said.

Biden continued to perform well with black voters, which gave him broad support in the South Carolina and last week's Super Tuesday primaries.

NBC News exit polls showed 66 percent of the state's black voters voted for Biden, along with 66 percent voters over the age of 45.  

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Sixty-three percent of Biden voters in Michigan said they identified as "moderate" or "conservative," while 63 percent of Biden's voters said they made their decision this month.

Biden also continued to be a favorite for voters who ranked defeating Trump and uniting the country as their top priorities, according to the exit polls.

The former vice president's win appears to put him on a direct track to the Democratic nomination.

Biden and Sanders are set to compete in the primary states of Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Illinois next week.

The four states, which have 577 delegates at stake, appear to favor Biden.