The Vermont Senator beat out Hillary Clinton in Rust Belt state

By Naja Rayne
Updated March 09, 2016 12:20 AM
Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Michigan is feeling the “Bern!”

In a surprising upset, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Michigan primary over opponent Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, according to reports.

Although the contest was close, Sanders’ win comes as a shock as Clinton was expected to pull out a victory in the Rust Belt state, as she was ahead by double digits in polls taken prior to voting, the Associated Press reports.

According to Politico, Sanders, who spoke form Miami on Tuesday night, coined the victory an “enormously successful night,” as he thanked volunteers.

“I want to thank the many thousands of volunteers that we had in the state of Michigan for knocking on doors and for making the phone calls that created this kind of enormously successful night for us,” he said during a press conference.

Sanders continued: “What we have seen is in poll after poll, state after state, what we have done is created the kind of momentum that we need to win. So one again, this has been a fantastic night in Michigan. We’re very grateful for all of the support that we have gotten from the state, and we look forward to going to Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and the other states that we will be competing in next week.”

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While setting his sights on the upcoming primaries, the democratic candidate also reportedly said that Tuesday’s results prove that his ideology “is strong in every part of the country,” adding that he hasn’t even reached some of his best states.

“We’re going to do very, very well on the West Coast and other parts of this country,” he said, before adding that citizens are jaded of “a corrupt campaign finance system, a rigged economy,” and a “broken criminal justice system.”

According to Politico Sanders beat Clinton 57 to 42 percent among white voters in the state, while she took most of the black voters with a 65-30 split. However, Sanders was immensely popular among independents, with 70 percent voting in his favor.