The Results: Democrats
Bernie Sanders stunned the pundits and proved the pollsters wrong [Tuesday]. The last poll before the Michigan primary gave Hillary Clinton a whopping 27-point lead. Sanders' voters ignored the polls and gave him a 50% to 48% victory over Hillary. One commentator said the Michigan polling was "among the greatest polling errors in primary history." But Mrs. Clinton had some good news, too. She won the Mississippi primary by a lopsided margin of 83% to 17%.
Bernie Sanders stunned the pundits and proved the pollsters wrong [Tuesday]. The last poll before the Michigan primary gave Hillary Clinton a whopping 27-point lead.
Sanders’ voters ignored the polls and gave him a 50% to 48% victory over Hillary. One commentator said the Michigan polling was “among the greatest polling errors in primary history.”
But Mrs. Clinton had some good news, too. She won the Mississippi primary by a lopsided margin of 83% to 17%.
The Results: Republicans
Donald Trump carried three of four states [Tuesday] night — Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi. Sen. Ted Cruz won Idaho and finished second in the other contests.
Clearly, Mr. Trump is still in the driver’s seat, and Cruz is still the only viable alternative to the front-runner. That is the bottom line from a purely objective political analysis.
In fact, Michigan voters were asked in one exit poll how they would have voted if their only choices were Trump and Cruz. The results: 46% Cruz, 37% Trump.
Of course, the bigger story is the revolt of Blue Collar America. Not only is the Republican Party feeling the sting, but Hillary Clinton got whacked, too.
There is increasing speculation about whether Donald Trump’s appeal to blue collar voters could alter the political landscape. For example, if Democrats carry Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this year, as they have in recent elections, they will own the White House for another four years.
If Republicans carry just Ohio there is a chance they could eke out a narrow victory, as George W. Bush did, and regain the White House. But if the Republican nominee carries Ohio as well as Michigan or Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, the GOP would most likely win the White House in an earthshattering political realignment.
If a good friend or family member cheats you or sells you out to an enemy, that betrayal generates powerful raw emotions and anger. When your friend turns his back on you, it stings and you want to do something about it.
I mention this psychological point because, once again, there is exit poll data that should shake the governing and donor class of the Republican Party to its very core.
According to CNN 58% of Republican primary voters in Michigan said they felt “betrayed” by the Republican Party. And the result has been high in every state where the question has been asked.
Every GOP operative is celebrating the higher turnout in the primaries this year. Voting in Michigan broke a 40-year record. Some precincts ran out of ballots.
But is the high turnout evidence of excitement in the GOP? Or is it evidence of the grassroots trying to teach the establishment a lesson?
The results suggest it is the latter. The main anti-establishment candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are running first and second respectively. Just look at their combined totals from last night. Together, Trump and Cruz took:
62% of the vote in Michigan,
73% of the vote in Idaho,
75% of the vote in Hawaii and
83% of the vote in Mississippi
The voters who feel betrayed by the Republican Party include a significant percentage of evangelicals, who don’t think the party seriously fought to defend their values, from life to marriage and now religious liberty.
There are Tea Party movement advocates too, who thought the party was serious about limiting the size and scope of government.
And, most notably, blue collar families whose angst and discontent rest on two pillars — one is culture and the other economic.
Kudos To Buzz!
There is a lot going wrong in America today. But there is still a lot that is right.
If you need some encouragement, check out what Virginia Tech basketball coach Buzz Williams did recently to teach his players respect for our veterans and our nation.