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Sanders supporters optimistic in Michigan primary

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will watch the Michigan results flood in, from the sunny shores of South Beach.

He's in Miami, but his team of volunteers are actually still out as we speak canvassing and trying to capture last-minute votes.

Sanders campaign headquarters in Flint is tattooed with signs of support for the Vermont senator.

Many said they really like what he had to say about Flint in the debate just two nights ago.

Polls have showed the race between Sanders and Clinton getting tighter, but Clinton still holds a major advantage in the Great Lakes State.

A few volunteers said they're holding on to hope going into Tuesday’s primary.

"I think he stands a good chance. I've talked to a lot of people this morning, yeah, I've talked to a couple of people from the GOP, I've talked to some Hillary fans, but I'm more than surprised the number of people I've talked to today who support Bernie," said Bob Arnold, a Sanders supporter.

While Sanders has painted Michigan as a must-win, some of his supporters said his closing the gap proves he can pick up momentum, even if Clinton comes out on top.

"We've got a lot of delegates in other states. We've seen how he performs in the Midwest, and we see how well we perform out west too. California of course has a lot of delegates and we're ready to go with that," said Janet Gray, a Sanders supporter.

As we've reported before, a whopping 130 democratic delegates, the second most so far, are up in the air for the Clinton and Sanders campaigns.

They'll likely be divided out between the two, the most going to the winner in Michigan.

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