/ 29 February 2024

Michigan chooses its candidates

The White House

US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have both claimed victory in their respective parties’ primary elections in Michigan. Trump secured a fifth straight win over his Republican rival/former colleague Nikki Haley of about 68% to her 28%, reinforcing his position as the favourite for the Republican nomination heading into Super Tuesday. And although Biden won about 81% of the Democratic votes, he has some big problems to deal with… Many Democrats in Michigan – which has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the US – used the vote to express frustration over his handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict, with 12% of voters marking “uncommitted” on their ballot instead of Biden. That’s notable because Michigan is a swing state – in some presidential elections the Republicans have won, and in others, the Democrats. In 2020, Biden won with less than 3% of the vote, so he hasn’t got much wiggle room in November…

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