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Biden Wins in Michigan, But 100,000+ Vote “Uncommitted” in Gaza Protest

HeadlineFeb 28, 2024

President Biden won the Democratic primary in Michigan despite over 100,000 people casting their ballots for “uncommitted” as voters took part in a protest over Biden’s support for Israel’s assault on Gaza. Biden won about 81% of the vote in Michigan; 13.3% of voters were uncommitted. In recent weeks, a number of Arab American groups led calls urging voters to choose “uncommitted.” The group Listen to Michigan had set a goal of 10,000 uncommitted votes, but they secured 10 times that number — receiving about one-sixth of Biden’s vote total. Listen to Michigan campaign organizer Layla Elabed spoke on Tuesday night.

Layla Elabed: “I can’t express enough the amazing team that has come together to put 'uncommitted' on the map, as everyone is looking at Michigan, in order to save lives. I want to remind everyone that a vote 'uncommitted' was a humanitarian vote. It was our vote to save as many lives as possible.”

Placing third in Michigan was Marianne Willamson, who supported a ceasefire in Gaza before dropping out of the race. Dean Phillips placed fourth. Many analysts say Biden’s support for Israel could result in him losing the state of Michigan in November.

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