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Big, enthusiastic crowd greets Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Detroit

Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared before a crowd of at least 2,000 in Detroit's Eastern Market on Tuesday, giving no indication she has any intention of dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

That's despite being far behind front runners Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden in picking up delegates.

"My name is Elizabeth Warren, and I'm the woman who's going to beat Donald Trump," she announced as the crowd roared in approval.

But Warren is no bamboozler on the campaign trail.  She quickly acknowledged, well, if not the elephant in the room: perhaps, the donkey? 

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Elizabeth Warren supporter in Detroit

Before Super Tuesday's elections, she had picked up only eight delegates.

"But what I see happening is a lot of folks trying to turn voting into some sort of complicated strategy," said Warren. "So here's my advice, cast a vote that will make you proud. Cast a vote from your heart, and vote for the person you think will make the best President of the United States of America."

Warren then launched into her trademark speech, that begins with stories about her humble beginnings, her against-the-odds fight to become a U.S. Senator, and ends with a list of the problems she will fix in Washington ("I have a plan for that," she says) if she is elected President.

Some political analysts say her campaign's strategy may be to stay in the race to the bitter end, picking up enough delegates to become a viable third choice, should neither Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders nor former Vice President Joe Biden win enough delegates to win the nomination outright.

Warren said in Detroit she does not intend to leave the race. She announced she is planning to return to Michigan on Friday for a town hall meeting in Lansing.  

Shortly after her Detroit rally, the Associated Press called the primary election in her home state of Massachusetts.

Warren lost, to Joe Biden.

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Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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