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LIVE RESULTS: Biden, Trump projected to win primaries in Michigan

Michigan is the last major state primary before Super Tuesday, and is expected to be a swing state in the 2024 general election.
LIVE RESULTS: Biden, Trump projected to win primaries in Michigan
Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 27, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-27 22:42:05-05

Scripps News and Decision Desk HQ project President Joe Biden is the winner of Michigan's Democratic primary, and Donald Trump is the winner of the state's Republican primary.

President Biden notched a victory over Democratic opponent Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, making his most immediate competition on the ballot the "uncommitted" vote.

There have been more than 20,000 "uncommitted" votes cast, driven by activists and Arab American voters in the state who are dissatisfied with the Biden administration's handling of the Israel-Hamas war.

If "uncommitted" receives at least 15% of the final vote, it will be awarded unpledged delegates in the contest.

Trump has now swept the first five state GOP primaries in this year's election cycle, notably including his challenger Nikki Haley's home state of South Carolina, where he won by 20 percentage points.

Delegates will not be awarded to candidates until vote totals have been confirmed.

Michigan is the last major state primary before Super Tuesday, and is expected to be a swing state in the 2024 general election. Biden flipped the state blue when he won there in 2020.

The GOP ballot

Trump and Nikki Haley, the United States' former ambassador to the United Nations, were both on the GOP ballot, as were other candidates who have already ended their campaigns, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The results of the Michigan Republican primary race will not be fully decided on Tuesday.

The Republican National Committee has ruled that only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are allowed to nominate a presidential candidate before March 1. But Michigan's primary this year was moved up to a date earlier than that cutoff, as part of changes to the electoral calendar under the Democratic National Committee. This means the pool of available GOP delegates will be split.

Nineteen of 55 available Michigan delegates will be awarded based on Tuesday's vote result. Remaining delegates will be awarded during GOP caucus events on Saturday, March 2.

The Democratic ballot

President Joe Biden is expected to finish the night with the majority of the democratic vote. Other candidates on the ballot included Rep. Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson — and an "uncommitted" option.

A group called "Listen to Michigan" urged voters to vote "uncommitted" in the primary.

If "uncommitted" receives enough votes, the Democratic Party can send uncommitted delegates to the national convention, who would not be required to support President Biden or any other candidate.

Listen to Michigan had hoped to secure at least 10,000 "uncommitted" votes, symbolizing the margin of less than 11,000 votes that Trump won the state by in 2016.

A recent Emerson College poll showed close to 30% of Michigan voters under 30 planned to vote "uncommitted" on Tuesday.


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