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In Michigan, more than 100,000 Democratic voters cast blank ballots

Photo: Paul Sancya Associated Press Voters fill out their ballots for Michigan's primary election Tuesday

France Media Agency in Detroit

February 29, 2024

  • United States

Just over 100,000 people cast the equivalent of a blank vote in the Michigan Democratic primary Tuesday, after a campaign aimed at punishing President Joe Biden for his support for Israel in the war in Gaza, according to provisional results released Wednesday.

This is a “clear and resounding message” to Mr. Biden, who is seeking a second term, in favor of a “permanent ceasefire now,” he told the presses Layla Elabed, one of the leaders of “Listen to Michigan.” This movement actively campaigned for a boycott of the Democratic president during the primary.

The head of state, who will likely face right-wing ultra-favorite Donald Trump on November 5, received more than 614,000 votes, or about 81 percent of the vote. The “uncommitted” vote, the equivalent of a blank vote, received more than 100,000 votes, or approximately 13% of the votes.

The initiative was intended to show Mr. Biden that she could mobilize enough voters to threaten his performance in the presidential election, hoping to pressure him into calling for an immediate ceasefire.

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Donald Trump won Michigan, one of the key states likely to tip the scales in the presidential election, by around 10,000 ballots in 2016. In 2020, Joe Biden won it from him with around 150,000 votes.< /p>

“I hope, Mr. President, that you will hear us. That you will choose democracy over tyranny, that you will choose the American people over Benjamin Netanyahu,” Israeli Prime Minister Abdullah Hammoud, the mayor of Dearborn, said at the same press conference.

This Detroit suburb has a large Muslim and Arab population.

Asked about the possibility that the campaign risks allowing a victory for Donald Trump, the mayor replied that the question had to be “referred” to Mr. Biden. “We are not electing Donald Trump. [Biden] has to earn the votes of the constituency he’s trying to serve,” he said.

In the statement in which he reacted to his victory, Joe Biden thanked “all the people of Michigan who made their voices heard”, without mentioning this protest vote.

Abbas Alawieh, spokesperson for Listen to Michigan, said the statement “ignored” blank voters and whose message was “clear”: “This community needs change his policies before he came to ask for our votes.”

Teilor Stone

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