In yet one last sign of the times in this unpredictable election, Michigan appears to be in play as Americans head to the polls. For weeks, RCP has penciled Michigan in for Hillary Clinton. Most electoral map projections in the closing days have given it to her as well.
Imagine my surprise when my mom, who lives in Ann Arbor, casually mentioned to me last week that they were getting inundated with visits and ads. Things seemed even less concrete when it was announced that President Obama would make a last-minute trip there the day before the election. He’s not exactly the sort of rally speaker the Clinton camp would trot out if it felt comfortable.
Republican nominee Donald Trump holds a slight lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Michigan on the eve of Election Day, according to a newly released poll.
Trafalgar group, a Republican leaning firm, surveyed over 1,200 “likely general election voters” in the Great Lakes state on Nov. 6.
Trump then closed out his 500+ day campaign with a visit to Grand Rapids that went into the wee hours of election day.
If he does prevail, it will be in large part because of the turnout of blue collar voters who may have reflexively voted for Democrats in elections past, especially in union-dominated states like Michigan. A lot of those people feel left behind by not only Washington, but Big Labor as well. That could greatly affect voting habits and patterns today.
Should Hillary Clinton win, those voices will not have a champion in Washington, despite the lip service she pays to “fighting” for them. In that case, expect this portion of the electorate to be louder and stronger in four years.
Here is video of the entire final stop for the improbable candidate at the end of this 19 month campaign (he shows up at around 1:52) as he looks to defeat an opponent who has been prepping for a coronation for almost 2 decades.
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