Sanders claims strength; Clinton points to lead

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. acknowledges his supporters on arrival at a campaign rally, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders’ campaign is claiming fresh momentum after the senator’s upset victory in Michigan. But Hillary Clinton’s campaign pointed to her growing delegate lead and predicted it would soon have an “insurmountable” advantage as the nomination fight looked to drag deep into spring.

Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver Wednesday called Michigan a “game-changer” in the Democratic presidential contest and said it would bode well for the Vermont senator in primaries next week in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. He vowed to contest the three Midwest states along with Florida and North Carolina, which also vote on March 15, a shift from a more selective approach in the Super Tuesday states earlier this month.

Weaver said the campaign is “running hard in all the states,” pointing to Sanders’ advertising in the five states. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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