Winning Michigan is a rather big deal, experts said on Twitter, since it is a blue-collar state that flipped for President Donald Trump in 2016.
And, in the 2016 Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders shocked Hillary Clinton to win the state in the primary race.
Social media reacted with a number of insights into why this is a big deal.
BREAKING: Joe Biden is projected the winner of Michigan, dealing a major blow to Bernie Sanders in a state that he won in 2016 and where he relocated over the past few days.— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 11, 2020
Biden wins Michigan. If Dandy Don were alive, he’d surely be singing “Turn our the lights, the party’s over”.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 11, 2020
The primary was over in 2016 even when Bernie barely squeaked out a win in Michigan.— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 11, 2020
It's extremely over now that he lost it handily in 2020.
At this point it would be a shock if Sanders gets within 10 points of Biden in Michigan.— David Weigel (@daveweigel) March 11, 2020
Pretty straightforward story in Michigan: Biden doing better than Clinton just about everywhere. Won't be a race call until all the polls are closed, but at this rate it wouldn't surprise me if there wound up being enough for a call at that point— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) March 11, 2020
I personally don't think any of the states next week (FL-AZ-OH-IL) are as favorable to Sanders as Michigan. HRC carried them all last time and only IL was close -- and Sanders was dependent there, as in MI, on outstate anti-HRC backing that seems to be deserting him now— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) March 11, 2020
The voters decided.— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 11, 2020
Biden's coalition was broader and deeper than Bernie's. Bernie won't be the nominee because he didn't spend the 4 years between races reaching out to black voters or making lifelong Ds comfortable with his outsider message.
So you’re saying that that confrontation with an auto worker didn’t hurt Biden in Michigan?— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) March 11, 2020