Bernie Sanders has won the Michigan Democratic primary. NBC called the supertight race around 11:30 p.m. EST.

This is huge news for Bernie. It absolutely upsets the Clinton juggernaut narrative. After notching wins throughout the South by massive margins, Hillary Clinton's campaign had a story to tell:

"Bernie might prevail in a couple low-delegate states like Vermont, Nevada, and Colorado, but Clinton is picking up the big Southern states and getting most of the delegates in those states."

She won Mississippi handily, as she has won throughout the South.

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If she had won Michigan, she would have been able to extend that story to the North. She would have been able to say:  Not only does she win Southern blacks, she wins African-Americans all over the country. If Hillary wins a battleground state like Michigan, she can win Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other big states.

But she cannot say that. With Michigan, with a black population of 14.2 percent, going, just barely to Bernie, the question shifts: can Clinton win anywhere other than the South?

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Hillary's narrative has stumbled

 Here's what Ron Elving, political correspondent for NPR said on the radio network's Politics Podcast over the weekend:

 "Michigan is the big story. It's a top 10 population state. If she were to fail to win in Michigan, it would interrupt the narrative, big time. People are going to say, 'Woah, wait a minute, we thought she was on a glidepath.' She's not, if she loses Michigan.

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If she only barely wins Michigan, the same narrative will stumble."

So the Michigan win is huge for Sanders, because it provides excitement and momentum as the campaign moves into two more big states, Ohio and Illinois. It is nothing less than a "potential turning point" in his campaign, The New York Times said Tuesday night.

Clinton still way ahead in Delegates

The win doesn't materially shift the delegate race.

Sanders won 63 delegates to Clinton's 53. Adding the 28 delegates she picked up in Mississippi, Clinton now has 753 pledged delegates to Bernie's 541. Not the mention Clinton's massive lead in superdelegates, 458 to 22. Sanders' team told the Times that a Michigan win will mean good things in Illinois and Ohio, and Bernie is also fighting hard in Missouri. But Bernie will largely concede two Southern states, Florida, with 214 delegates, as well as North Carolina, with 107 delegates.

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Delegate race aside, the Democratic campaign is looking more and more like it will remain close all the way to the convention, although while it's still hard to envision that Clinton won't win the most pledged delegates.

Will passionate voters stay home?

With the Republican establishment's full-frontal assault on Donald Trump, and the possibility that Clinton will win the nomination based on superdelegates, this could be an election where the most passionate supporters on both sides decide to stay home.

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In that case, look for even more turmoil in the years ahead.

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