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Biden wins Michigan primary, but faces opposition over Israel’s war on Gaza

US president easily wins Michigan, but early results show strong support for a protest vote over his Gaza policy.

A volunteer holds a sign asking people to vote uncommitted, instead of for US President Joe Biden, outside of Maples School in Dearborn, Michigan 2024 in the US Presidential primary election in Dearborn, Michigan on February 27, 2024 [Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP]Published On 28 Feb 202428 Feb 2024

United States President Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in the state of Michigan, according to media projections, but early counts showed he faced significant opposition over his support for Israel’s war on Gaza.

In Michigan, which is home to a large Arab American constituency, Democratic voters had been urged to mark their primary ballots as “uncommitted” on Tuesday in protest at Biden’s Gaza policy.

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With 10 percent of the estimated Democratic vote counted, Biden had 79 percent support, with “uncommitted” getting 16 percent, according to Edison Research.

Michigan routinely offers an “uncommitted” option as a way of questioning whether a named candidate has the support of the party’s base.

Former US President Donald Trump meanwhile won the Republican presidential primary in the state by a large margin, according to projections, further strengthening his grip on the party’s White House nomination as Nikki Haley, his last remaining rival, came in a distant second.

With 8 percent of the estimated Republican vote counted, Trump had 64 percent support to Haley’s 32 percent, according to Edison Research.

Michigan is expected to play a decisive role in the head-to-head November 5 US presidential election, a likely rematch between Biden and Trump.

It is a battleground state that could swing toward either party.

Biden beat Trump in Michigan by just 2.8 percentage points in the 2020 election.

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Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies