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Trump to return to Michigan, plans rally in Saginaw County, a key battleground

Former President Donald Trump, shown here in February in Maryland, plans his third campaign stop this year in Michigan, underscoring its status as a key battleground state. (Shutterstock image)
  • Donald Trump returning to Michigan for a Saginaw County rally
  • Next week’s visit will be Trump's third stop in Michigan this year
  • Both Trump and Joe Biden have prioritized Saginaw County, which has voted for the winning presidential candidate every election since 2008

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Donald Trump plans to return to Michigan next week for a rally in Saginaw County, his campaign announced Wednesday evening.

The former president and presumed Republican nominee in the 2024 contest is set to speak at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at Avflight Saginaw, an airplane hangar in Freeland. The event will be open to the public.




It’ll be Trump’s second visit to Michigan in as many months. He held an April 2 press conference in Grand Rapids, where he addressed immigration issues following the murder of Ruby Garcia, who authorities allege was killed by a romantic partner who had entered the country illegally. 

Trump is battling criminal charges of his own, including a federal indictment stemming from a failed bid to overturn his 2020 election loss. He’s also considered an “unindicted co-conspirator” in an ongoing Michigan election interference case, an investigator testified Tuesday. 

The Freeland stop will be Trump’s third visit to Michigan this year and his first in Saginaw County, a swing county that has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every general election since 2008.

Trump in previous campaigns has worked to woo the region’s blue-collar workers, stopping in Saginaw County in both 2015 and 2020.

President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic nominee, campaigned in the city of Saginaw in March at a private organizing meeting with supporters.

Saginaw County has historically been a good indicator of the way the state – and country – will vote in the general election. 

In 2008 and again in 2012, the county went for former President Barack Obama. Trump won Saginaw County by about 1,070 votes in 2016, but Biden won it back by about 300 votes in 2020. 

The county, which includes both the city of Saginaw and rural areas, is both poorer and less educated than the rest of the state.

It has struggled with crime and economically. The county had a 5.5% unemployment rate in February, compared to 3.9% for Michigan as a whole.

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