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.

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