Biden's Michigan Win Shows Democrats Want One Thing

And that should have Trump worried
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2020 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Much is being made of Joe Biden's Tuesday night win in Michigan—and, on the flip side, Bernie Sanders' loss there and what it means for the candidate. But there's another 2020 candidate who should be just as concerned by Biden's victory, say pundits: President Trump. A sampling of opinions:

  • At CNN, Chris Cillizza declares "electability" one of Tuesday night's winners. He allows that for a long time he's kind of dismissed it as something that's "in the eye of the beholder." But what Super Tuesday II's exit polling reinforced is that Democratic voters "hugely valued a candidate they believed could beat Trump"—and think that's Biden. "In Michigan, 6 in 10 voters said nominating a candidate who can beat Trump was more important than choosing a candidate they agree with on issues. In that group, Biden beat Sanders by 31 points."
  • At the Washington Post, EJ Dionne explains why Trump should be alarmed, and he sings a tune similar to Cillizza's: "In primary after primary, Democratic voters have made clear that ridding the nation of Trump matters more to them than any particular issue. This was true again in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi." And while only 3 in 10 Michigan voters said they would be "enthusiastic" if Biden emerges as the nominee, only 1 in 10 said they'd be upset. Biden's ascension "is thus an affair of the head at least as much as of the heart. It reflects a quiet judgment that Biden is a safe choice who will not alienate voters Democrats need against Trump."

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