By ZEINAB NAJM
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were each victorious in the Michigan presidential primary March 8 winning for their respective parties.
The 2016 primary drew more than 2.5 million voters to the polls, totaling about 34 percent of registered voters. The previous Michigan primary voters record of 1.9 million in 1972 was broken.
In total, there was a 34.4 percent voter turnout in Dearborn with 20,136 of 58,507 registered voters participating.
In Dearborn Heights 11,842 out of 38,428 registered voters made it to the polls totaling 30.8 percent voting.
Trump, a Republican received the most votes in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights with 3,196 and 2,396, respectively.
In Dearborn the results had John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio finishing after Trump, earning 2,406, 1,414 and 677, respectively.
Dearborn Heights had the same result for the other three candidates: Kasich with 1,152 votes, Cruz at 752 votes and Rubio with 375 votes.
The fight between Democrats Hilary Clinton and Sanders in Dearborn Heights was a little closer. Sanders won the city with 3,618 votes to Clinton’s 3,079.
In Dearborn, Sanders also earned his victory, but with a much larger difference, 7,126 to 4,730.
On March 5, former President Bill Clinton was in town campaigning for Hilary Clinton, when he stopped at Westborn Market in Dearborn with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) where the two did some shopping.
Two days after, Sanders returned to Dearborn where he held a rally at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, was in attendance endorsing Sanders at the rally.
“Bernie is a team player and believes in helping everyone,” Ellison said. “We have worked together multiple times against Muslim discrimination around the world.”
The diverse crowd at the rally cheered as Sanders spoke on Social Security, the criminal justice system, loan refinancing, paid work leave for families, workers rights, the environment, free education and health care.
The biggest cheers, however, came as Sanders addressed Trump and the issues regarding minorities.
“Trump is not going to scapegoat minorities by attacking and degrading our Muslim friends and neighbors,” he said. “He is not going to divide us up. We will come together.”
Sanders also said he held a private meeting with Arab community leaders just before the rally to understand the needs in the community.
“Politics and democracy are not a football game or spectator sport,” Sanders said. “Every single one of us has to be actively involved in change.”
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