Battle for US state battlefield of Michigan enters home stretch US and Canada

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Just over two weeks away from the presidential election in the United States, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are fighting over a battlefield state that will be the key to their respective paths to the White House: Michigan .Biden gave two campaign speeches in the Midwestern state on Friday, urging voters to come out in large numbers on November 3 and pledging to invest in jobs and critical infrastructure if elected, while Trump will organize there a campaign rally on Saturday night.

In a statement Saturday morning, Biden attacked Trump, who is expected to speak in Muskegon, a town in the western end of the state, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Grand Rapids, at 5 p.m. local time ( 9:00 p.m.). GMT).

“All President Trump offers the people of Michigan are more lies and distractions,” Biden said in the statement. “No plan to bring the virus under control, no strategy to pull our economy out of this recession, no vision to unite the country.”

Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016, edging then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by just over 10,000 votes – a victory margin of just 0.3%.

His victory marked the first time the state, which former President Barack Obama won in 2012 by 9.5 percentage points, has been won by a Republican presidential candidate since George HW Bush won in 1988.

Trump lagging behind

According to the RealClearPolitics news site, based on the averages of major polls in the state, Biden leads Trump by 7.2 percentage points.

However, a recent public opinion poll commissioned by US media outlet The Hill showed Biden leading Trump in Michigan by 11 points, with 54% of voters saying they supported the former US vice president, compared to 43% who did. said they would vote for Trump.

“President Trump has made a lot of progress in Florida and (is getting closer) from there, but he has a lot of ground to catch up in the major Midwestern states,” said Mark Penn, director of the Hill / Harris poll at The Hill.

“Biden better polls older voters in the suburbs and those more prominent unhappy with the virus.

Trump has also been sharply criticized by Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who said the president has fanned the flames of hatred and failed to speak out against white supremacist groups.

Whitmer was recently the target of a kidnapping plot allegedly orchestrated by an armed group of far-right fighters who law enforcement officials said were angry with the lockdown measures of the COVID pandemic. Michigan 19.

Biden on Friday called Trump’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists “staggering” and called Michigan kidnapping plotters “domestic terrorists.”

Trump dismissed the criticism at a campaign rally the same day, mockingly telling the crowd that “it’s still Trump’s fault.”



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