Sanders: 'Disappointing To See Long Lines' In Michigan

There were reportedly two-hour waits in Ann Arbor.

WWJ News
March 10, 2020 - 8:36 pm
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(WWJ) -- As Michiganders took to the polls for the presidential primary election Tuesday, some voters experienced long lines. 

Ann Arbor, in particular, saw some polling places with wait times near the two-hour mark, according to a report from the University of Michigan's student newspaper.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement Tuesday evening, criticizing the long lines.

“At a time when Democrats correctly attack Republicans for voter suppression, it is disappointing to see people standing in long lines for hours today waiting to vote in Michigan and around the country. People should not have to miss a day of work to exercise their right to vote. This is an outrage. Election officials must address these problems immediately, and if necessary, keep polling places open longer," his statement said.

Voters in Kalamazoo were still waiting in line shortly before 10 p.m., according to Nick Ponton of WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids.

Sanders and fellow front-running candidate Joe Biden entered Tuesday hoping to win Michigan with 125 delegates up for grabs -- the largest total of the six states holding primaries on Tuesday. 

Biden is expected to win the Michigan primary, which means bad news for Sanders' campaign, according to WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Time Skubick.

"If you follow Mr. Sanders on the campaign trail -- and this was part of his message in Michigan and it was across the country earlier -- he kept telling audiences 'I'm the guy that can beat Donald Trump because I've put together a new coalition of new voters who will come out in large numbers and that's how we win this thing,'" Skubick said live on WWJ Tuesday night.

"Well the problem is, that didn't happen in Michigan," Skubick said.

Follow along here as results come in throughout the night.

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