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Trump back in Michigan Oct. 1 to stump for Dixon, DePerno, Karamo

Former President Donald Trump was last in Michigan in April. (Shutterstock photo)
  • Former president Donald Trump will return to Michigan Oct. 1
  • The 7 p.m. rally takes place at the Macomb County Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren
  • GOP candidates Tudor Dixon, Matt DePerno and Kristina Karamo will join as special guests

LANSING — Former President Donald Trump will return to Michigan on Oct .1 to stump for the state’s top Republican candidates, he announced Thursday.

Trump will hold a rally at 7 p.m. at the Macomb County Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren. The event will feature three Republicans he has endorsed: gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, attorney general hopeful Matt DePerno and secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo.

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Trump's visit will be five weeks before the Nov. 8 general election and comes as all three statewide Republican candidates trail in polls and fundraising to Democratic incumbents.

Dixon, a Norton Shores former steel executive, is down double-digits to incumbent Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in recent polls and has lagged significantly in fundraising. As of  Aug. 22, Dixon’s campaign had just over $523,000 in the bank compared to $14 million for Whitmer.

Michigan is a swing state, however, and Trump’s appearance could galvanize support among Republicans for an election that could be decided by turnout. A proposal enshrining abortion rights into the state constitution is also on the ballot, and conventional wisdom holds that could dramatically boost turnout among Democrats.

In April, Trump held a rally for DePerno and Karamo in Washington Township in northern Michigan, weeks ahead of the Michigan Republican Party Convention, where both Trump-endorsed candidates won GOP nomination. 

At that rally, Trump said DePerno and Karamo would ensure “Michigan is not rigged and stolen again in 2024,” repeating baseless claims about widespread voter fraud.

In 2020, Trump lost to President Joe Biden by more than 154,000 votes, a result confirmed by numerous audits and an investigation by a Republican-led state Senate committee.

The former president endorsed Dixon just days ahead of the Aug. 2 primary, calling her a “conservative warrior” who “won’t be stopped.” 

Dixon defeated her primary opponents by a landslide, winning 80 of the 83 counties in Michigan.

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