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Sanders upsets Clinton in Michigan primary

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said he has always believed polls can be wrong. That turned out to be the case Tuesday.

"Well it's clearly an upset, it was a close election," Kildee said.

Polls showed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton having a double-digit lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders heading into the Michigan Democratic presidential primary.

But when the real votes were cast and the dust settled, it was Sanders who emerged victorious, stunning Clinton supporters like Kildee.

"There was an expectation that by the public polling that Hillary would have a big victory. We never thought that," Kildee said. "We knew it would be close right down to the end and that's going to be true in these other states as well."

Ryan Hughes is state director for the Sanders campaign.

"We always knew that we had a chance here. And I think you know the senator's message really resonated at the end of the campaign," Hughes said.

Hughes said the Sanders win in Michigan is another example of the groundswell of support his candidate is garnering across the country.

"He's talking about income inequality. He's talking about the things that folks are dealing with from Michigan to Colorado," Hughes said.

Hughes said he believes Tuesday's results serve as a real turning point in the campaign against Clinton, even after many pundits had written Sanders off.

"This campaign is not over. We're going to go on for the next several months and we're looking forward to seeing the senator as the nominee for the Democratic Party," Hughes said.

Kildee said Clinton has a lot of work to do, but he still believes the road to the democratic nomination goes through Clinton.

"Secretary Clinton still leads in delegates. I think she will continue to rack up delegates," Kildee said. "I think she still has a very good shot at being the nominee but nothing can be taken for granted."

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