DETROIT — Joe Biden made a last-minute pitch on Tuesday to the blue-collar workers he hopes will help deliver a critical win in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, as rival Bernie Sanders aims for an upset that would revive his flagging White House hopes.

Voters in Michigan and five other states were making their choice in a two-man battle for the right to face Republican Donald Trump in November — between Biden, the former vice president who has run as a moderate, and Sanders, a democratic socialist and U.S. senator from Vermont who has become the standard-bearer for the party’s left flank.

Biden’s impressive showing in last week’s “Super Tuesday” states, along with a surge of endorsements and campaign donations, has elevated him to front-runner status, narrowing Sanders’ path to the nomination.

The most important vote on Tuesday was in Michigan, the cradle of America’s auto industry where Sanders sprang a stunning 2016 upset over Hillary Clinton that ensured a long nominating fight — something Biden hopes to avoid this time. Washington, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Idaho also hold contests.

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