2020 Michigan U.S. presidential election

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Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | James narrows race against Gary Peters, new Free Press poll shows

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | James narrows race against Gary Peters, new Free Press poll shows

September 18, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

September 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

In separate rulings, judges rule that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 will count in the election and block a ban on providing transportation to the polls.

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

September 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan law now allows clerks to process absentee ballots only on Election Day. Municipal clerks say that would be a “recipe for disaster” this year given an expected surge and would delay results reporting in a closely watched presidential election.

Trump demonizes refugees. Biden wants more. Whose plan will Michigan back?

Trump demonizes refugees. Biden wants more. Whose plan will Michigan back?

September 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

President Trump has cut refugees and curtailed foreign guest workers. Joe Biden wants to restore higher admissions for people seeking to escape persecution in other countries. Michigan has a stake in which candidate prevails.

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

September 14, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

One day after Joe Biden touted his Made in America plan, President Trump notes that the Democrat’s son teamed with a Chinese defense contractor to buy a Michigan firm that created jobs overseas.

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

President Trump comes to Michigan to hype the economy before coronavirus. He boasted that he ‘saved’ the auto industry, a claim that is dubious at best since Michigan has lost auto manufacturing jobs under his watch.

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic presidential nominee outlined his plan to boost manufacturing as he wooed blue-collar workers in Macomb County. He also blasted Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19, accusing the president of a “life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

September 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The president returns to mid-Michigan Thursday where, until the coronavirus pandemic struck, manufacturing jobs and wages saw solid gains. Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are each determined to earn working-class votes.

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will help Detroit train workers and expand satellite clerk’s offices to reduce election issues. Nearly three-quarters of the city’s absentee precincts were ineligible for recounts.

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

August 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Simon D. Schuster

Progressives are taking a cue from conservatives and founding ‘news’ sites like Courier Newsroom, which spends big money on election-year social media ads to benefit Democratic in swing districts such as U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

August 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

August 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Despite fears that absentee ballots would be delayed and uncounted, few are complaining about local mail delivery, officials say. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service acquitted itself fairly well in a test set by Bridge to mimic mail-in ballots.

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

August 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As Democrats turn to virtual rallies and phone calls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masked-up Republicans resumed door-knocking in June, have hosted “MAGA meetups” across the state and will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Traverse City on Friday.

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

August 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

An appeals judge rules that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was within her rights on a controversial decision to send out 7.7 million absentee ballot applications earlier this year.

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Both Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump are leaning into mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic promises to complicate the November election. Trump has long raised doubts about the practice.

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s prominent role in the national convention points to her rising profile within the party and the electoral importance of the state, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

August 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says it’s exploring a multi-state lawsuit to ensure absentee ballots are counted following concerns about cost-cutting and delays. The Detroit postal district had the second-worst delays in the country from April 1 to June 30.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate to help take on Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, ending speculation he could pick Whitmer or other candidates who had been vetted for the role.

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

August 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 Vice presidential nominees almost never resign unless or until they win election, so Gretchen Whitmer likely would remain Michigan governor even if she is tapped by Joe Biden as his running mate. But would she curtail her duties to campaign amid a deadly pandemic?

Map: Trump counties less likely to vote absentee in Michigan primary

Map: Trump counties less likely to vote absentee in Michigan primary

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

Heavily Republican counties were less likely to embrace mail-in voting than their Democratic counterparts. Counties with more coronavirus cases also were more likely to cast absentee ballots.

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