Although Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has six opportunities to score more delegates during this Tuesday’s primaries, the Michigan primary has become the focus of both his campaign and the media’s coverage of his performance.
Last week, the New York Times first reported that Sanders canceled his rally in Jackson, Mississippi and opted instead to travel to Michigan. The move came on the heels of former Vice President Joe Biden’s strong win from black voters in southern states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia on Super Tuesday.
With 125 pledged delegates at stake in Michigan, Sanders fielded questions regarding the pressure he faces to score a big win out of the state during interviews on Sunday morning.
Here’s how Sanders expressed confidence heading into the Michigan primary:
Sanders predicts he will win the Michigan primary given his 2016 primary win against Hillary Clinton
Sanders pointed out that despite polls in 2016 showing him down 20 points to Hillary Clinton, he managed to win a surprise victory in the state.
“I feel good about the momentum we have. I think we are going to do well on Tuesday and beat Biden,” Sanders told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “You know, last time, as you indicated, it was seen as a big upset because polling had us down literally 20 points one day to the election.”
Sanders’ remarks came after he said that he “would not consider dropping out” if he lost the Michigan primary, citing his win in California among Latino voters and young people.