Former President Donald Trump is set to hold a rally in Michigan Saturday night in support of his backed candidates, who have declined in the polls and continue to face mounting legal pressure.
Trump is expected to speak at the Macomb County Community College Sports & Expo Center in Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to gather around candidates he has endorsed, including Tudor Dixon in the battleground state’s gubernatorial race. He is expected to speak at 7 p.m. EST, with the rally streamed online by the Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN).
The Michigan rally comes just over a month before the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Michigan has emerged as a major swing state in recent years — with Trump narrowly winning the state in 2016 and President Joe Biden returning it to Democrats in 2020. Both parties hope to win statewide office while winning several competitive congressional races a year.
Trump’s nominees have declined in polls as midterms approach
Trump’s rally is meant to give a boost to Republicans who have been struggling for traction in polls. The governor’s race, in which Dixon will face off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is one of the most closely watched midterm races in the country. Whitmer became a foil for Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic, making her a top GOP target and a popular governor among Democrats.
Trump’s candidates were successful during the Michigan primary, with his preferred candidates winning the primary in the governor, attorney general and secretary of state races. In Michigan’s third congressional district, Trump-backed John Gibbs also defeated incumbent Representative Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
However, recent polls have raised questions about how his candidates will fare in the general election in the evenly divided state.
According to polls, Whitmer appears to be favored to defeat Trump-backed Dixon. Whitmer leads by an average of 11.6 percentage points, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight polls.
Dixon’s campaign, in a statement to news week, propagated a Sept. 24-28 Trafalgar Group poll showing Whitmer Dixon leading by about 6 percentage points, despite Trafalgar polls being perceived as Republican.
“We look forward to welcoming President Trump to Michigan this weekend as we gain momentum toward October. The latest poll results prove what we already know to be true — Gretchen Whitmer is vulnerable, the momentum is on our side and our message resonates with Michigan voters,” the statement said.
However, other independent polls show Whitmer has a larger lead. An EPIC-MIRA survey September 15-19 sponsored by the Detroit FreePress and WJRT-TV showed that Whitmer led Dixon by about 16 percentage points. The poll also found Attorney General Dana Nessel 13 points ahead of Trump-backed Matthew DePerno and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson 12 points ahead of Kristina Karamo.
Trump lawsuits, investigations continue to pile up
The rally also comes as the former president faces multiple investigations and court cases that could affect a potential presidential bid in 2024 — though he remains popular with Republican voters. In any case, Trump maintains his innocence, but the investigation could affect the Republicans in the medium term.
In September, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit accusing Trump and three of his children of involvement in business fraud. She accused them of committing “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” and “grossly” inflating Trump’s fortune. Trump addressed the lawsuit during a rally in North Carolina last weekend, where he said James’ “only goal” was to go after him amid the contested midterm elections.
He also continues to face a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into whether he improperly stored classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence following the FBI raid on the property in August. He was won this week by Justice Aileen Cannon, who overruled Special Judge Raymond Dearie’s request to testify about what documents he released before leaving the White House.
He also faces investigations into his conduct in connection with the 2020 election. He has claimed, without providing any substantive evidence, that widespread voter fraud was responsible for his loss. Fulton County District Attorney in Georgia Fani Willis is investigating whether his phone call urging Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” more than 11,000 votes violated state law. Last month she said the investigation could end with some people serving “prison sentences”.
news week reached out to the Whitmer campaign for comment.
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