Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take Michigan primary

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks about the results of the Michigan. (Reuters)

Donald Trump scored victory in the industrial heartland Tuesday, pairing a win in Michigan with one in Mississippi to demonstrate staying power at the top of the Republican presidential pack.

In the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders finally prevailed in a fierce struggle in Michigan, where Hillary Clinton had been favored. But Clinton progressed regardless, passing the halfway mark in the delegates needed for the nomination.

This, after Clinton breezed to a Mississippi victory and split delegates in Michigan - the night’s biggest prize - relatively closely with her opponent.

Mississippi delivered for Clinton as expected, as have other Southern states with substantial black populations. Trump beat a challenge from Ted Cruz in the state and fended off Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cruz in Michigan before Cruz took a smaller prize in Idaho.

Republicans also held caucuses in Hawaii, with results later.

Going into Tuesday’s contests, Clinton was 58 delegates short of halfway to the 2,383 delegates needed to claim the Democratic prize. Her Mississippi win and share of Michigan delegates put her over that marker.

Of more consequence is her more than 2-to-1 delegate lead over Sanders: 1,134 to 502, before Tuesday’s results.

Trump’s got a longer climb in the splintered GOP affair, but he helped himself in the first pair of races Tuesday night. He ran up his delegate total to 428, with Cruz having 315. Rubio has 151 delegates and Kasich has 52. A total of 150 Republican delegates were at stake Tuesday night.

Trump or any resurgent rival needs a total of 619 to slip past the halfway mark, and 1,237 to clinch the nomination.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46