Bernie Sanders claimed a potentially significant victory over Hillary Clinton in Michigan this week, and as the pair prepare for tonight’s Florida debate, the victory in the Great Lakes State has handed him impetous at a crucial time.
Clinton’s victory in Mississippi mitigated Sanders’ overall delegate success to nothing – she actually extended her lead – but with a host of Rust Belt States set to vote next week, victory in Michigan could prove a key indicator of things to come.
With Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri all heading to the polls on March 15, Sanders will be hoping to use his Michigan victory to spur on further success, and that’s likely to be a theme in tonight’s debate.
The duo produced their most heated show yet in Sunday’s debate in Michigan, and with Florida the ultimate swing-state, we can expect both nominees to give everything in their armoury.
With a host of winner-takes-all states coming into the mix, it’s pretty much now or never for Sanders, and his campaign could be over and out or flying high this time next week, so whatever he’s got, he needs to show it tonight.
Over in the Republican corner, Marco Rubio is under the most sweat, with more and more calling for him to stand down and allow Ted Cruz a stronger shot at ousting Donald Trump.
Rubio again failed to shine across yesterday’s four states of Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi and Idaho, with Trump and Cruz claiming two states apiece.
Ahead of his home state however, it appears Florida Junior Senator Rubio will not back down yet, but defeat in the Sunshine state would surely leave him with no option but to end his campaign.
What it does do however, is throw Cruz into somewhat of a pickle for Thursday night’s debate.
Does he attack Trump once more? Or does he try to build on his recent victories and push through his emergence as the main anti-Trump contender, i,e – does he attack Rubio?
Whatever happens, the next 48 hours are going to be dramatic.
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