Following strong showings in Democratic presidential nominating contests over the weekend, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is continuing his push for Michigan voters in a rally Monday in the city of Dearborn. The event follows a Sunday debate in which he and his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, engaged in a heated verbal battle to win over Democratic primary voters.
Sanders’ Monday campaign rally can be watched live online here at 2:30 p.m. EST. Michigan is holding its primary Tuesday.
The Vermont senator has quite the hole to dig himself out of if he is to win Tuesday, however. After winning Saturday in Nebraska and Kansas and then the Maine caucuses Sunday, he is looking to maintain that momentum in Michigan. But Clinton currently claims 59.5 percent of the vote, according to an average of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, compared to Sanders’ 37.3 percent.
The Democrats will also compete in Mississippi Tuesday, where Clinton leads 62.5 percent to 18.5 percent, according to RCP.
Sanders has struggled to attract African-American voters, a key constituency for Democrats. Clinton attracted a commanding lead among those voters in the South on Super Tuesday and is expected to have similar support in Michigan, where a sizable black voting population is expected to play an important role, as well. The Mississippi Democratic electorate is even more heavily black, as whites there vote overwhelmingly Republican.
Dearborn isn’t particularly diverse in demographics. The city has a population made up of 89.1 percent white people, according to the most recent Census statistics, and just 4 percent of the population is black. There is also a 3.4 percent Hispanic population there. That’s quite the contrast with Flint, where Sunday night’s debate was held, which has a black population of 56.6 percent and a white population of 37.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census.