Biden has big lead over Sanders in Michigan primary according to polls
As voters prepare to vote in more primary contests on Tuesday, new polling shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has a significant lead over Senator Bernie Sanders in the state of Michigan, viewed as a must-win for the Sanders campaign.
Prior to the beginning of March, polling in Michigan showed Biden and Sanders in a tight contest. Following Biden's sweep on Super Tuesday, Sanders now lags well behind Biden in the most recent polling, with Biden ahead by double digits in the three most recent polls.
Monmouth, Mitchell Research, and Target-Insyght released polls that all show Biden is averaging above 50% support in Michigan, well above Sanders' approximate 30% standing. A significant Biden win in Michigan and other states on Tuesday could effectively end any chance Sanders has at winning the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Sanders pointed out on FOX News Sunday that he won in Michigan against Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite being down 20 points in the polls. Sanders predicted a repeat performance on Tuesday.
"I feel good about the momentum we have. I think we are going to do well on Tuesday and beat Biden," Sanders said. He also committed to staying in the race even if he does lose in Michigan.
Democratic leaders continue to rally around Joe Biden. Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both endorsed Biden for president, while Sanders was able to pick up the endorsement of activist Jesse Jackson.
"There is no one better prepared than Joe to steer our nation through these turbulent times, and restore truth, honor, and decency to the Oval Office," Harris said in a statement.
"The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That's why I choose to endorse him today," Jesse Jackson said in a statement.