Former Vice President Joe Biden scored a huge victory in the 2020 Democratic primary on Tuesday according to a projection by election expert Dave Wasserman, an editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. NBC News also called the Michigan race for Biden.
In 2016, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders scored a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton despite trailing in most polls by at least 20 percentage points.
But according to the projections, Sanders was unable to overcome a similar polling deficit to Biden in the 2020 primary.
“I’ve seen enough,” Wasserman wrote on his Twitter account at 8:32 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.
“Joe Biden wins the Michigan primary.”
At about 9 p.m. EDT, according to The New York Times, Biden led the raw vote total with 52.1 percent, to 41.7 percent for Sanders, with 17 percent of voting precincts reporting their results.
Wasserman made his call before polls had actually closed in Michigan, which did not occur until 9 p.m. NBC News projected that Biden will win the state just moments after the polls closed.
Michigan is the big prize among the six states voting on March 10, with 125 delegates. But though Sanders appears to be losing the state, he also appears poised to take a share of those delegates, with a vote percentage well above the 15 percent cutoff for “viability.”