As Trump’s tide goes out … Will Michigan ride the biggest of blue waves in November?

As Trump’s tide goes out … Will Michigan ride the biggest of blue waves in November?

August 21, 20182 min read

A little under two years ago, Michigan played a key role in Donald Trump’s surprising presidential victory. The state’s 16 crucial electoral college votes went to Trump as he won by a mere .3 percent over Hillary Clinton. Approximately 10,700 people put Trump over the top. To put that margin in perspective, the Detroit Red Wings average almost double that number of people showing up every game at home. That’s how slim the victory was.

But have moods in Michigan changed? With races for the Governor’s mansion, Senate and House all taking place in November – will Michigan once again play the role of spoiler?

However, previous special elections this year haven’t seen an overwhelming support for the DNC. In bell-weather Ohio, Democrats claimed a moral victory but still lost a crucial seat they hoped to gain in Congress.

So, as the summer comes to an end and the gears of the election machinery shift into drive – what can we expect in Michigan? Will there be surprises? Should the RNC be written off or is too early to take Donald Trump and his team for granted?

There’s a lot of speculation – but that’s where the experts from Michigan State University can help.

Matt Grossmann is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. His expertise includes American politics, political parties and campaigns and he has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post and other media outlets commenting on these issues. Matt is available for interviews – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.


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