The Tuesday after Super Tuesday may come to be known as the day the 2016 race for president fundamentally changed.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got the biggest boost of Tuesday night when he won the Michigan primary, which was considered a major upset because he was behind in the polls leading up to primary day. The win gives the self-proclaimed democratic socialist a victory in a more not racially diverse state, which means his populist message is resonating with voters in a range of demographics, and not just those he has depended on — white, working class people. That could be thanks, in large part, due to the Democratic Debate in Flint.
With 99.4 percent of precincts reporting, the senator has 49.9 percent of the vote to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 48.2 percent. He has almost 20,000 more votes than she does – 590,386 to 570,949.
Clinton won the Mississippi primary, and with 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, she has 82.6 percent of the vote to Sanders' 16.5 percent. In numerical terms, that is 182,282 votes to a mere 36,284. This victory is not surprising because Clinton has swept the South, and she has dominated in states with a large African American population. As of July 1, 2014, African Americans made up 37.5 percent of Mississippi's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump won the Michigan primary, the Mississippi primary and the Hawaii caucuses. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Idaho primary.
With all precincts reporting in Michigan, Trump has 36.5 percent of the vote. He is followed by Cruz with 24.9 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 24.3 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 9.3 percent. In terms of delegates, this gives Trump 25 delegates and 17 each for Kasich and Cruz.
Trump's Michigan victory means he beat Kasich in his own territory — and in a state that the Ohio governor had previously said he needed to win. Now his only hopes rest on his native state of Ohio. Trump's victory also shows that he is viable outside the South and the Northeast, both of which are geographic regions he has done well in.
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Michigan left Rubio with a goose egg in the delegate column, adding to his problems and making Florida more crucial.
In Mississippi, with 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, Trump has 47.3 percent of the vote to Cruz's 36.3 percent. Kasich and Rubio are far behind with 8.8 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively.
Not all of the 40 Mississippi delegates have been allocated, but Kasich and Rubio are on pace to receive zero, which only adds to their respective problems and the urgency of needing to win their home states. The signs will not be good if Rubio, a Floridian, finishes after a Northerner in this neighbor state.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Trump received 42.4 percent of the vote from the Hawaii caucuses. Cruz took 32.7 percent, followed by Rubio with 13.1 percent and Kasich with 10.6 percent. So far, 16 of the state's 19 delegates have been allocated: 10 to Trump, 6 to Cruz.
Cruz won the Idaho primary with 45.4 percent of the vote. He is followed by Trump, with 28.1 percent; Rubio, with 15.9 percent; and Kasich, with 7.4 percent. Not all of the 32 delegates have been allocated, but currently 20 have been given to Cruz and 12 have been given to Trump.
The businessman was the big winner on the Republican side, and he could cement his footing at the top of the race if he can beat Rubio and/or Kasich on their home turfs on Tuesday.
Both parties debate in Miami this week — the Democrats on Wednesday and the Republicans on Thursday. Both debates now have increased stakes as Sanders tries to build off his Michigan win, and as Trump's rivals try to attack him enough to take one of the big March 15 prizes out of reach. There is no doubt the GOP frontrunner will continue to attack Rubio, and likely go after Kasich, to diminish them before their states vote.
This story was updated on March 9, 2016, at 10:17 a.m.