Trump set to return to Michigan, looks to energize his base for November

Craig Mauger, The Detroit News on

Published in Political News

DETROIT — Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to return to Michigan Saturday with Republicans in the state hoping he can motivate his base of supporters and help secure Macomb County, a key area the GOP needs to win in November.

Trump will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Macomb County Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren. It will be his first rally in Michigan since April 2 and will take place 38 days before the Nov. 8 election.

The event will be helpful to GOP candidates because Trump has a unique ability to activate a segment of the state's electorate, argued Jamie Roe, a Republican political consultant who resides in Macomb County.

"We are in base voter activation mode," Roe said. "And this most certainly will activate Republican voters to get out and vote."

Republican nominee for governor Tudor Dixon, who's challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is slated to speak at the rally along with GOP secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo and GOP attorney general nominee Matt DePerno.

Trump previously endorsed all three: Dixon, Karamo and DePerno.


But Whitmer's campaign has maintained a significant fundraising edge over Dixon and a lead in polls. Whitmer was up by 13 percentage points, according to an Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 survey by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The same poll found Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel to have a 6-point lead over DePerno and Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to have an 11-point lead over Karamo.

Trump did a Thursday interview on WOOD Radio's "West Michigan Live." Host Justin Barclay asked Trump if he would run for president again in 2024.

"In my mind, I've made a decision," Trump replied. "I think people will be very happy. ... As far as announcing, it won't be in the very long term."


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