Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A quirk in how delegates are won under Democratic Party rules is raising the stakes for Tuesday’s primary elections, allowing a candidate to make up ground in the race quickly — or fall further behind. The 352 delegates up for grabs in Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota makes for only the fourth-largest delegate night on the primary calendar. But the intricate arithmetic of how delegates are won under Democratic Party rules makes it possible for a candidate to reap a bigger haul of delegates with a smaller margin of victory on this Tuesday than on any other night.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is looking to Michigan to rekindle his presidential campaign in the same way his surprise primary victory here four years ago did. The state’s primary, the largest delegate prize in this week’s slate of Democratic contests, also presents a resurgent Joe Biden with a chance to continue his momentum. Voters will enjoy expanded rights in the state’s first major election since the approval of a 2018 constitutional amendment that has resulted in a surge of early voting. People who now can cast an absentee ballot without needing an excuse. And as of Monday, nearly 29,000 absentee voters in Michigan had gone back to change their vote after several candidates dropped out.
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of Detroit residents who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills can have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials announced Monday that the plan will be in effect for the duration of the global outbreak. A water department spokesman says close to 3,000 households have had service disconnected. Several thousand others have been notified this year of pending shutoffs. The shutoffs have spawned protests in recent years. The state will cover the costs of re-connection for the first 30 days. Customers then can have service restored or keep their water on for $25 per month.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan boosted Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid, but four years later the state could either revive his campaign or relegate him to the role of protest candidate. Michigan and five other states hold presidential contests on Tuesday at a critical point in the Democratic race. Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking to cement his front-runner status after winning the most delegates during Super Tuesday last week. Sanders is in an urgent fight to turn things around as the primary calendar quickly shifts to other states in the coming weeks that could favor Biden and narrow his path to the nomination.