Michigan voters make their choices in presidential primary

Posted at 5:35 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 05:35:59-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Presidential candidates in both parties are looking to Michigan for one of the largest delegate hauls in the bruising nominating contests. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are attempting to secure their hold on front-runner status.

Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are vying for 130 delegates in the Democratic race. On the Republican side, 59 delegates are up for grabs among businessman Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

In recent days, the former secretary of state and Vermont senator tangled aggressively over economic issues in industrial Michigan. Republicans are fighting to ensure they garner the minimum 15 percent of votes needed to secure some delegates before big winner-take-all elections in Ohio and Florida next week.