Sanders holds narrow lead over Clinton in Michigan

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during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary.

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FOX NEWS – Hillary Clinton is still locked in a surprisingly close battle for the top spot in Michigan, where rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads in early returns.

With 79% of precincts reporting, Sanders had 51% of the vote with Clinton having 49%.

This is a departure from months of pre-election polls, which consistently showed Clinton with a double-digit lead over Sanders in Michigan. According to exit polls, Sanders was leading Clinton among independents in Michigan, while Clinton held the edge among the state’s critical union voters.

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