Michigan primaries show weak spot for Biden, deliver yet another Trump win over Haley

ONE WARNING SIGN: Former President Trump landed yet another solid victory over Nikki Haley in the Michigan primary, but there was more drama on the Democratic side.A group of Democrats who started a movement in opposition to President Biden’s support for Israel’s war in Gaza sent a clear message in the Michigan primary, exceeding the amount of votes the group was aiming for and complicating the key battleground state ahead of this year’s general election.”Yesterday was a resounding victory,” Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, who joined the “Listen to Michigan” movement, said during a news conference Wednesday claiming victory for the movement.The comments come following the movement’s push to have Democratic voters select “uncommitted” in Tuesday’s Democratic primary surpassed the group’s expectations, with just over 101,000 people selecting the option, according to Associated Press numbers as of Wednesday afternoon. That mark was more than 10 times the group’s stated goal, which was to get 10,000 people, or roughly the same as the margin of victory in the 2016 election in the state, to select the option.Though two “uncommitted” delegates from Michigan won’t impact Biden’s chances of winning the nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer, it could presage a weak spot for the president heading into the general election.GOP DELEGATE COUNT: DEMOCRAT DELEGATE COUNT:ONE-DAY VOTE: A court in President Joe Biden’s home state determined a state law allowing 10 days of early voting and permanent absentee voting violated the Delaware constitution. After coming into office in 2021, Biden regularly launched rhetorical bombs at Georgia and other states as being “Jim Crow 2.0” or “Jim Eagle,” for requiring voter ID for mail-in voting. However, Georgia allows three weeks of early voting. Delaware Superior Court Judge Mark H. Conner ruled in a 25-page opinion, “The enactments of the General Assembly challenged today are inconsistent with our Constitution and therefore cannot stand.” Delaware’s constitution in Article 5 Section 1 states that a “general election shall be held biennially on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November.” The Delaware early voting law, enacted in 2019, allows in-person voting up to 10 days before an election.  “The conflict between these two passages is obvious,” the judge wrote. “Our Constitution enumerates the one day an election shall be held biennially, and the Early Voting Statute allows for voting at least 10 days before that date.”ONE ENTHUSIASM GAP: Several national polls in recent weeks suggest that President Biden is suffering from an enthusiasm gap when it comes to how excited his Democratic base and voters in general are about supporting him in November.A Monmouth University poll conducted earlier this month showed that only 32% of registered voters feel at least somewhat enthusiastic about Biden’s candidacy and that number stands at just 62% among Democrats. The same number of registered voters, 32%, say they are at least somewhat confident in Biden’s physical and mental ability to be president. The same poll shows that confidence in Biden’s abilities among Democrats has dropped significantly to 72% after standing at 91% in 2020. ONE KEY QUOTE: ONE KEY ENDORSEMENT: In a Fox News Digital exclusive, On Sunday afternoon, Senate Minority Whip John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican leader, endorsed former President Donald Trump for re-election. “The primary results in South Carolina make clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in this year’s pivotal presidential election. The choice before the American people is crystal clear: It’s Donald Trump or Joe Biden,” Thune told Fox News Digital.It wasn’t clear before now whether Thune, who’s seen as one of McConnell’s potential successors to lead the Senate Republican Conference, would endorse either of the two major candidates for the 2024 GOP nomination. Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
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