Biden and Trump Slowly Set Stage for November Clash

The internal party elections in Michigan have ended, and the so-called "uncommited" have attracted a lot of attention

by Sededin Dedovic
Biden and Trump Slowly Set Stage for November Clash
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Today's president of the USA, Joe Biden, and former president Donald Trump triumphed in the intra-party elections for the presidential candidates of their parties in the federal state of Michigan yesterday, which indicates an almost certain re-confrontation of the two in the elections in November this year.

The results of the internal party elections of the Democrats and Republicans in this state, however, revealed some of their biggest political weaknesses before the November presidential elections, according to the AP report.

Although they are definitely the two strongest candidates and two old rivals, they still have a number of shortcomings and weaknesses. A strong campaign of undecideds, led by activists disillusioned with Biden's policies on the Gaza war, became dominant, surpassing the 10,000-vote margin Trump won in Michigan in 2016 when he was elected president, which was the organizers' goal.

this protest campaign. They received an overwhelming amount of support, and it seems that awareness is being raised among ordinary citizens of the USA, regardless of what their politicians are doing. Former President Donald Trump won five federal states in the intra-party elections of the Republicans for the presidential candidate, which clearly puts him in the position of the main favorite.

However, there are indications that Trump still does not have the support of some influential voting blocs that in earlier races supported his intra-party rival for the candidate, the former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.

Haley did best last night in university towns like Ann Arbor and in the suburbs around Detroit and Grand Rapids, but that's not enough to stand up to the far more experienced and influential Trump. But this is a good basis for the future and the next elections, Haley should build her political path gradually, and she has already seen that she has enormous potential.

For Biden, the observed percentage of "uncommited" voters may indicate weaknesses in parts of the Democratic base in a state he should not lose in November. Trump, on the other hand, has fared poorly among suburban voters and among highly educated individuals, facing factions within his own Republican Party who believe he has broken the law in one or more of the court cases pending against him.

Mayor of Dearborn, Michigan Abdullah Hammoud delivers remarks at an Uncommitted for Joe Biden primary election night watch par© Kevin Dietsch / getty Images

The state of Michigan has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the US.

More than 310,000 residents are of Middle Eastern or North African origin. Almost half of Dearborn's suburbs of about 110,000 are of Arab descent. Biden was probably motivated by this fact to call on Netanyahu to stop the offensive on Rafah in order to win over part of the Arab population.

Officials from the White House and Biden's campaign traveled to Michigan in recent weeks to talk with community leaders about the Israel-Hamas war and Biden's approach to the conflict, but those leaders were unconvinced by their arguments, AP writes.

The campaign for the voices who are against the current American policy to decide as undecided started almost at the very beginning of Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip. Just a few weeks ago, voters were encouraged to vote "uncommited" as a way to show opposition to the death toll caused by Israel's offensive in Gaza.

We mentioned the significant number of Arab population in Michigan, but it must be said that almost half of those who decided to join this campaign are non-Muslims. Almost 30,000 people, mostly women and children, have died in that Palestinian enclave since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on October 7 last year.

The campaign is backed by officials such as Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American in the US Congress, and former Representative Andy Levin. Just recently, Tlaib initiated and designed this way of fighting for the rights of the Palestinians, and we were able to confirm that recently this voice of the public has reached the highest state officials.

In the statement, Biden did not directly address the campaign for undecided voters. Instead, he pointed to the progress his administration has made with voters in Michigan, warning that Trump threatens to drag the country further into the past as he pursues vengeance and retribution.

Trump won that state by just 11,000 votes in 2016 against then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then lost to Biden in that state four years later by nearly 154,000 votes. Organizers of the "undecided" effort wanted to show they had at least as many votes as Trump had to win the state in 2016 and how influential that bloc could be.

Trump defeated Nikki Haley, his last intra-party rival, in Michigan after winning by 20 percentage points in her home state of South Carolina on Saturday. The Trump campaign expects to secure the 1,215 delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination sometime in mid-March.