Liberal Group Joins Efforts Calling for Protest Vote Against Biden in Michigan

Our Revolution, the political organization that Senator Bernie Sanders launched in 2016, is throwing its weight behind the movement to vote Uncommitted in Michigan’s Democratic primary, seeking to pressure President Biden into changing his approach to the war between Israel and Hamas.

On Wednesday, Our Revolution is planning to send an email to 87,000 members in Michigan and to about 225,000 supporters in other states, encouraging them to vote Uncommitted in the state’s Feb. 27 primary to “push Biden to change course on Gaza now.”

Former Representative Andy Levin, Democrat of Michigan and a signee of the letter, said Mr. Biden was at risk of having voters sit out the November election in protest of U.S. policy toward the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He warned that Mr. Biden could lose the state to former President Donald J. Trump in the general election without a major change in Israel policy.

“I am working with some people who feel like they will never vote for Joe Biden, but there are many, many, many I feel will vote for Joe Biden on Nov. 5 if he changes course,” Mr. Levin said in an interview Tuesday evening. “This is the best way I can help Joe Biden.”

Our Revolution’s push to back Uncommitted will include phone banking, text banking and events on Michigan’s college campuses. The group’s effort joins another by a group of Arab American Democrats from Dearborn, Mich., that has since attracted the support of a few dozen local elected officials.

Larry Cohen, Our Revolution’s chairman, said that he hoped such a push could win support of at least 10 percent of the Michigan Democratic primary electorate, which he estimated would require about 20,000 votes, given estimates for what is expected to be a low-turnout contest. There are no other major elections on the state’s Feb. 27 ballot.

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