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Mapping Bernie Sanders’s path to the Democratic nomination after key win in Michigan, plus more Tuesday primary results




Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7.
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The industrial midwest often proves to be a major fall battleground in the race for the White House, and Senator Bernie Sanders scored himself a big victory in Michigan’s primary on Tuesday, securing 50% of the vote in a state many believed would go to Hillary Clinton.

Though the former Secretary of State shored up her Southern stronghold with a win in Mississippi, the Michigan win helps Sanders close the delegate gap, even if only a little.But what will it take for the charismatic Vermonter to surpass Hillary Clinton in the remaining primaries?

Elsewhere, Donald Trump padded his lead in the race for the Republican nomination with victories in Michigan, Hawaii, and Mississippi, though Texas Senator Ted Cruz did sneak away with a win in Idaho.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll discuss the implications for both parties from yesterday’s primaries and what Bernie Sanders’ path to the Democratic nomination is after winning Michigan.

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist, founder and CEO of Rodriguez Strategies, and a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation; he tweets @NicholsUprising

Mark Barabak, national political writer for the Los Angeles times; he tweets @markzbarabak