Michigan could decide presidency. These are the facts that shape our state.

With the Michigan primary just weeks away, Bridge Magazine is unveiling its 2020 Fact Guide to help frame the debate and separate rhetoric from facts. (Shutterstock image)

Once again, Michigan is one of a few swing states that could decide the 2020 presidential election.

And once again, The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are dedicated to fact-based, nonpartisan coverage of the elections for president, the 110 House of Representatives seats as well as what’s likely to be a handful of ballot measures. 

Related: Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

Too often, campaigns are framed by rhetoric and emotion, rather than facts. To be sure, Michigan is an easy state to mischaracterize, since it’s so richly diverse, regionally, economically and politically. 

Michigan has great health care, but poor health outcomes. It’s the bedrock of the union movement, but is rapidly losing union members. Paychecks that once led the United States are growing again, but lag national averages. And after favoring Democrats in every presidential election since 1992, Michigan helped put Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.

Since the best electorate is an informed one, we’re pleased to present the 2020 Fact Guide, a 13-chapter primer on Michigan’s most important issues and the facts that frame them. 

Each chapter is devoted to one topic and designed to be a quick read. The report is available online. Hard copies will be printed and distributed throughout the year at Center for Michigan events and to candidates seeking to represent Michigan in November elections.

To request a printed copy, send us an email and include your mailing address.

Click here to download a PDF of the Fact Guide.

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Leslie Watson
Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:51am

GOP MICHIGAN PURGED VOTERS gave Trump Electoral College win.

"Oddly, one of Kemp’s defenses was that he turned over Georgia’s confidential voter information to Kobach so it could be used to purge voters in 29 other states, but not Georgia. Kobach’s list showed thousands of Michigan voters who’d supposedly also registered or voted in Georgia. Michigan removed tens of thousands of voters with names like “James Brown” and “Mohammed Mohammed” — almost all with mismatched middle names.

The Michigan purge of Georgia voters was key to Trump’s official victory margin of 10,700 in Michigan, putting Trump over the top in the electoral college." ~Greg Palast, gregpalast.com.

God Help Us
Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:09am

Please Mike Bloomberg, open a company in in Macomb county and draw some progressive employees to move there and register to vote there! We know Trump is bribing many counties in Michigan with promises of satellite launch sites and defense contracts that will never materialize. BTW what ever happened to the Tea Party. When Obama was president deficit spending was a no no. Now Trump gives tax cuts and increasing spending/debt to accolades of phony conservatives. Credit agencies were quick to downgrade the credit of the US, but no call for that now.... In fact, in this election year Trump is proposing even a bigger budget and more boondoggle debt. It's the height of fleecing America hypocrisy.

Boo Bloomberg
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 5:56pm

Mike can use his money to defeat Trump, but he's a bad candidate: Not trustworthy, Stop and frisk, Redlining, and now a creepy Pete Lucido problem.

Go AMY KLOBUCHAR!!!! She's a strong middle of the road candidate with the least skeletons in her closet. All the others should run for Senate!!!

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:05pm

Can we see some facts about how our national debt impacts our State, Country and taxpayers? Can we see some facts about what, if anything, our governments at all levels are doing, or not doing, to protect our personal privacy (does the MI Sec of State sell our information, for example)? Can we see some facts about how the Federal government got so big, when Article 1, Section 8 outlines a very limited list of authorizations? We need to get back to basics, personal responsibility and limited Federal government as our Founders intended (read the Federalist Papers).