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    (CNN)Two men face criminal charges for allegedly threatening Michigan public officials, including a US senator and congresswoman, regarding the results of the 2020 election, according to a news release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.Daniel Thompson of Michigan is charged with three counts of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunication service provider, according to the charging documents provided by Nessel's office. Thompson allegedly left threatening messages for Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, made vulgar and threatening remarks during a phone conversation with a staffer in Michigan Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin's office, and made another threatening call to Slotkin.According to the charges announced Tuesday, Thompson allegedly left a voicemail for Stabenow stating that he was upset over the November election results, that he was a member of a Michigan extremist group and that, if the election results were not changed, there would be violence. In the conversation with a...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who won a tough reelection race in the fall, will lead Democrats’ efforts in 2022 to expand their current razor-thin Senate majority. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced on Thursday that Peters will head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The 62-year-old Peters, who is in his third term, is the first Midwesterner to hold the position in decades. Next year, Democrats will have chances to pick up seats in states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina — where incumbents will not seek reelection — and Wisconsin. Democrats also will need to protect incumbents in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and New Hampshire. “We have a great opportunity in 2022 to defend and expand our Democratic majority so we can keep working to protect our health, rebuild our economy stronger than before and deliver real progress for the American people,” Peters said in a...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted a photo Wednesday of a prayer candle picturing former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. “Good morning,” Whitmer tweeted with a picture of the prayer candle. Good morning! pic.twitter.com/wfE14Ikyzd — Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 6, 2021 The Associated Press called Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock the winner of the Georgia Senate race over incumbent Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler. If Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff wins against incumbent Republican Georgia Sen. David Perdue, there will be a 50-50 split in the Senate and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have a deciding vote. Abrams’s “Fair Fight” initiative assisted in getting people in the state to register to vote, The Hill reported. The initiative also encouraged ground-breaking numbers of minority and young people to vote in the runoff elections. Conservative commentators criticized Whitmer’s tweet of the prayer candle, calling it “creepy” and like “a cult.”...
    Michigan Republican Candice Miller The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MI-Gov: Macomb County Public Works Director Candice Miller was was reportedly the top choice of several influential Republicans to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022, but the former congresswoman disappointed those backers when she announced Monday that she wouldn't run. Before Miller took her name out of contention, the Detroit News' Craig Mauger mentioned a few other possible candidates. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was unenthusiastic, saying, "I have no interest and no plans for running for governor in 2022 or beyond." That may not be quite a no, though, because when Shirkey was asked if he meant he was ruling out a bid, he responded,...
    Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reportedly said that House Republicans went “too far” in removing Democratic Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson from committee assignments after she threatened Trump supporters. “I think that removing her from her committees is too far, truly, and I’ve reached out and asked the incoming House leadership to reconsider that,” Whitmer said during a Thursday news briefing, according to MLive.com. Johnson threatened Trump supporters in a Facebook live video Tuesday, warning Trumpers they need to be careful and calling on “soldiers” to “make them [Trump supporters] pay.” “So this is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” Johnson said in the video. Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson threatened...
    A Michigan Democratic lawmaker, who posted a video online threatening Trump supporters, has been stripped of her committee responsibilities by House leadership. “Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American,” Michigan’s Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a statement, responding to the controversial video posted by state Rep. Cynthia Johnson on Facebook live earlier this week. “They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation.” Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation. pic.twitter.com/Y5lTqqmEVI— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) December 9, 2020 "We have been consistent in our position on this — violence and intimidation...
    Democratic Michigan State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was stripped of her committee assignments Wednesday after she threatened supporters of President Donald Trump in a Facebook live video. The Speaker of the Michigan House Lee Chatfield released a statement, explaining that Johnson had been removed from her committees and that there is an active investigation going on to determine if further action is necessary. “Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation,” Chatfield said in the statement. Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation. pic.twitter.com/Y5lTqqmEVI — Lee...
    Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson threatened President Donald Trump’s supporters in a Facebook live video Tuesday, saying it is a warning message to those who support the president. In the Facebook live video, Johnson said Trump supporters better be careful, calling on “soldiers” to “make them (Trump supporters) pay.” The video was over three minutes long. Johnson took office on January 1, 2019. Her current term ends on December 31, 2020. “So this is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” Johnson says in the video WATCH:  https://cdn01.dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Trim.mp4 THE FULL FACEBOOK LIVE: “I wish I could be talking to y’all in a private room, because, uh, I just wish I could, but...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will serve as co-chair for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next month.  Biden’s transition team announced Whitmer’s name on Monday alongside House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester of South Carolina and Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP) "This inauguration will exemplify the strength and resilience our country has demonstrated throughout this entire year and set the stage for how the Biden-Harris Administration will beat the pandemic, create jobs that fuel economic recovery, and unite all Americans," Whitmer said in a statement. "While we are going to focus on keeping people safe this year, we will make sure Americans have the opportunity to celebrate...
    At least two discernable fart-like sounds were caught on video as President Donald Trump’s campaign attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to Michigan’s House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Trump campaign attorneys, including Giuliani and Constitutional Law attorney Jenna Ellis, were in Michigan this week to address voter fraud claims in the state. The first sound came while Giuliani was asking that committee chairman and Michigan State Rep. Matt Hall discipline Democratic Michigan State Rep. Darrin Camilleri for accusing the former New York City mayor of “attempting to seek a pardon” from Trump. “I would ask that he be disciplined for that,” Giuliani said, at which point the sound can be heard on video. While Ellis did throw a look in Giuliani’s direction, it could be argued that it was because of the questioning from Camilleri. A second clip of Giuliani speaking, presumably later, revealed another sound...
    A county in northern Michigan threw its support behind a resolution put forward by three Republican members of Michigan’s House of Representatives calling for the impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. Despite Michigan Speaker of the House Rep. Lee Chatfield, a fellow GOP member condemning the resolution, the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners voted four to two in favor of supporting the effort Friday, reported Michigan Live. MICHIGAN BOARD OF STATE CANVASSERS VOTES 3-0 TO CERTIFY ELECTION RESULTS Whitmer has come under fire for her restrictions on businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, further angering Republicans after she and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a three-week order limiting indoor social gatherings last week. Republican Representatives Beau LaFave, Matt Maddock and Daire Rendon issued the impeachment resolution and claimed the governor was guilty of “corrupt conduct in office and crimes and misdemeanors” after the new guidelines were announced Wednesday. Michigan has reported spikes in the...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican John James late Tuesday conceded to Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, nearly three weeks after the incumbent was declared the winner by The Associated Press. James, who lost by 92,000 votes — or 1.7 percentage points — congratulated Peters on his reelection in a video posted to social media a day after the bipartisan state election board confirmed the result. The James campaign had unsuccessfully asked the canvassers to delay certification to audit votes in the Democratic stronghold of Wayne County, home to Detroit. About 70% of absentee precincts in the city did not balance, meaning counted ballots did not equal names on the poll book due to clerical errors or other reasons. But the number of implicated votes was at most 450 and had no bearing on the outcome, according to the state Democratic Party. James said he was...
    Wisconsin started recounts Friday in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the state’s most populous counties with mostly liberal voters, after President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a narrow margin.  The recounts were requested by the Trump 2020 Campaign, as the president's team continues to mount legal challenges in a bid to overturn the nationwide election outcome. Fast Facts about Trump's 2020 legal challenges Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said they would be vigilant in making sure the process is fair but added they saw no evidence that was likely to give Trump a win in the state where Biden leads by more than 150,000 votes. Recounts in Wisconsin's Milwaukee and Dane counties got underway Friday at the request of the Trump campaign.  Meanwhile, two GOP state lawmakers from Michigan met with the president at the White House on Friday to discuss the campaign's legal dispute over its election process.  Michigan Senate...
    Four congressional Democrats sent a letter to the owners of Dominion Voting Systems and cited several problems that “threaten the integrity of our elections,” including “vote switching.” In a December 2019 letter to Dominion Voting Systems, which has been mired in controversy after a human error involving its machines in Antrim County, Michigan, resulted in incorrect counts, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, and Amy Klobuchar and congressman Mark Pocan warned about reports of machines “switching votes,” “undisclosed vulnerabilities,” and “improbable” results that “threaten the integrity of our elections.” Dominion.????️"These problems threaten the integrity of our elections."Senators Elizabeth Warren (D), Amy Klobuchar (D) & Ron Wyden (D) issue a formal complaint in 2019 to Dominion Voting Systems.Among the complaints? Allegations of 'vote-switching.'????https://t.co/4MYMNnMUyl pic.twitter.com/og9EwkI4dV— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 13, 2020 “In 2018 alone, 'voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they'd inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting...
    Roger Sollenberger November 11, 2020 4:35AM (UTC) John James, the Republican challenger who lost last week to Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan, has started a legal defense fund in anticipation of the costs of challenging his 85,000 vote defeat, according to records filed Monday with the Federal Elections Commission. The organization, called the James Legal Fund, is a joint fundraising vehicle between the James campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC). It can collect donations, pay fundraising expenses and disburse money to both committees. Further, the partnership allows the fund to accept six-figure donations from individuals and transfer money out of the RNC to other GOP committees, such as the Trump campaign. : James has plenty of high-dollar donors in his Rolodex. For instance, he has his deep ties to the wealthy DeVos family, members of which have donated tens of thousands to his campaign. The DeVos family has also given to the Better Future Michigan Fund, including hundreds...
    Joe Biden shored up the Democrats’ “blue wall,” — more sturdily in Michigan, more tenuously in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — to rebuild the party’s path back to the White House. And while The Associated Press had called all three states and their combined 46 Electoral College votes for Biden, the Democrat’s relatively narrow margins there reflect the nation’s continuing deep divisions more than a newly strengthened Democratic bulwark in the industrial north. Trump had stunned the country four years ago by winning the three states that had been carried for decades by Democrats by a total of 77,000 votes. He did particularly well in rural areas and among non college-educated white voters, and his victory showed a fraying of the Democratic coalition as more working-class voters viewed their former party as dominated by coastal elites who considered their homes “flyover country.” Biden, from the start, sought to reclaim at least...
    By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Joe Biden shored up the Democrats' “blue wall,” — more sturdily in Michigan, more tenuously in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — to rebuild the party's path back to the White House. And while The Associated Press had called all three states and their combined 46 Electoral College votes for Biden, the Democrat's relatively narrow margins there reflect the nation’s continuing deep divisions more than a newly strengthened Democratic bulwark in the industrial north. Trump had stunned the country four years ago by winning the three states that had been carried for decades by Democrats by a total of 77,000 votes. He did particularly well in rural areas and among non college-educated white voters, and his victory showed a fraying of the Democratic coalition as more working-class voters viewed their former party as dominated by coastal elites who considered their homes “flyover country.” Biden, from the start,...
    Joe Biden shored up the Democrats' “blue wall,” — more sturdily in Michigan, more tenuously in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — to rebuild the party's path back to the White House. And while The Associated Press had called all three states and their combined 46 Electoral College votes for Biden, the Democrat's relatively narrow margins there reflect the nation’s continuing deep divisions more than a newly strengthened Democratic bulwark in the industrial north. Trump had stunned the country four years ago by winning the three states that had been carried for decades by Democrats by a total of 77,000 votes. He did particularly well in rural areas and among non college-educated white voters, and his victory showed a fraying of the Democratic coalition as more working-class voters viewed their former party as dominated by coastal elites who considered their homes “flyover country.” Biden, from the start, sought to reclaim at...
    Michigan Supreme Court Justice-elect Elizabeth Welch The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MI Supreme Court: Democrats flipped the Michigan Supreme Court by winning both seats on the ballot. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack was re-elected with 32%, while fellow Democrat Elizabeth Welch secured the second spot by edging out Republican Mary Kelly 20-17. Each party nominates two candidates for what is nominally a nonpartisan general election, and Democrats will now hold a 4-3 majority. The result comes after Republicans used their 1-seat majority to thwart Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's attempts to protect Michiganders during the pandemic: Infamously, it struck down a 75-year-old law in early October because Whitmer had used it to declare a state of...
            by Andrew Trunsky   Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters won a second term Wednesday, multiple outlets reported. Peters beat GOP challenger John James, a businessman and former Air Force pilot, by just 1.1 points, leading 49.6% to 48.5% when the race was called. Though the state was viewed as one of Republicans’ only senate pickup opportunities this cycle, most forecasts predicted Peters to win. Michigan, thank you. Its an honor to serve you for another six years in the U.S. Senate. To all who believed in us, gave your time and effort in our fight: thank you for putting your trust in me. Im so grateful and energized to keep working to move our state forward. — Gary Peters (@GaryPeters) November 5, 2020 Even with James’ strong fundraising ability, Peters held a consistent, single-digit lead throughout the race. Democrats were worried that Peters was...
    Senator Gary Peters won his reelection bid in Michigan, it was projected Wednesday night, bringing the race even closer as it remains up in the air which party will control the Senate come January. The Democrat incumbent was able to hold on to his seat narrowly against Republican challenger John James in one of the most competitive and closely watched Senate elections in the nation, earning 49.9 per cent of the vote to James’ 48.2 per cent – a margin of 1.7 per cent. Polls got it wrong again with the Michigan Senate race, indicating ahead of Election Day that Peters would solidly take the win with at least 5-7 per cent of the vote.   This outcome means the makeup of the Senate will mostly rely on elections held in January in Georgia, a state that requires candidates to earn 50 per cent of the vote to outright win or...
    Vatican report on disgraced ex U.S. cardinal McCarrick expected this month: sources British grocer Sainsburys is cutting 3,500 jobs and closing more than 80% of Argos stores The Note: Biden on the precipice, amid harsh realities The TAKE with Rick Klein © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks as Sen. and Vice-Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, looks on at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 4, 2020. A win isn't the same as a mandate. Waiting for a win is messier -- especially in volatile times. As the day after the day after Election Day dawns, the math and the map clearly favor former Vice President Joe Biden, though he's not there yet. Having apparently clinched Wisconsin and Michigan, Biden is just a state or two away from 270. Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina are still in...
    Winter Driving Tips Rhode Islanders voted to strip the word plantations from their official state name Trumps Election Lawsuits Are Without Merit, Democratic Lawyers, State Officials Say As states continued counting votes on Wednesday with no clear winner yet in the presidential election, President Donald Trump's campaign launched a slew of lawsuits related to the ballot-counting process. © JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images Supporters of President Donald Trump bang on the glass and chant slogans outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted at TCF Center on November 4, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. On Wednesday, state leaders and lawyers in Michigan and Pennsylvania pushed back against lawsuits filed by Trump's campaign that alleged a lack of transparency at ballot counting locations, calling the allegations "meritless." In addition to election-related lawsuits filed in Georgia and Nevada, the campaign filed two suits charging a lack...
    Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, of Michigan, won re-election to the US Senate on Tuesday, a report said. Peters, a first-term incumbent, prevailed over Republican challenger John James in the most expensive Senate race in Michigan’s history, NBC News reported. The tight race was called by the network hours after former Vice President Joe Biden was announced as the winner of the so-called “blue wall” state in the presidential contest. In a statement Wednesday evening, Peters thanked his supporters and said it was an honor to serve the state in the chamber. “It’s an honor to serve you for another six years in the U.S. Senate,” he said in the statement. “To all who believed in us, gave your time and effort in our fight: thank you for putting your trust in me. I’m so grateful and energized to keep working to move our state forward,” he said. Sen. Gary Peters;...
    Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, of Michigan, won re-election to the US Senate on Tuesday, a report said. Peters, a first-term incumbent, prevailed over Republican challenger John James in the most expensive Senate race in Michigan’s history, NBC News reported. The tight race was called by the network hours after former Vice President Joe Biden was announced as the winner of the so-called “blue wall” state in the presidential contest. In a statement Wednesday evening, Peters thanked his supporters and said it was an honor to serve the state in the chamber. “It’s an honor to serve you for another six years in the U.S. Senate,” he said in the statement. “To all who believed in us, gave your time and effort in our fight: thank you for putting your trust in me. I’m so grateful and energized to keep working to move our state forward,” he said. Sen. Gary Peters;...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters won reelection Wednesday, defeating Republican challenger John James in a tight race. The 61-year-old Peters continued Democrats’ dominance of Senate elections in the battleground presidential state. Republicans have won just once there since the 1970s, despite having spent heavily to try to unseat Peters in one of their few pickup opportunities. Read More: Some Democrats floating Hakeem Jeffries for House Speaker: report Peters is a former congressman, state lawmaker, lottery commissioner and investment adviser who served in the Navy Reserve. He ran by emphasizing his bipartisan work, his ranking as one of the most effective senators and James’ support for President Donald Trump. “I am sincerely honored that the voters of Michigan have once again put their trust and confidence in me to represent them in the United States Senate,” Peters said in a statement. “As we look ahead, I am...
    Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters won a second term Wednesday, multiple outlets reported. Peters beat GOP challenger John James, a businessman and former Air Force pilot, by just 1.1 points, leading 49.6% to 48.5% when the race was called. Though the state was viewed as one of Republicans’ only senate pickup opportunities this cycle, most forecasts predicted Peters to win. Michigan, thank you. It’s an honor to serve you for another six years in the U.S. Senate. To all who believed in us, gave your time and effort in our fight: thank you for putting your trust in me. I’m so grateful and energized to keep working to move our state forward. — Gary Peters (@GaryPeters) November 5, 2020 Even with James’ strong fundraising ability, Peters held a consistent, single-digit lead throughout the race. Democrats were worried that Peters was in greater danger heading into the final few...
    John James and Gary Peters, candidates for Michigan SenateRebecca Cook | Reuters; Alexander Drago | Reuters Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is projected to win reelection, according to NBC News. The tight race between Peters, the first-term incumbent, and his Republican challenger John James, a businessman and veteran, had been the most expensive Senate contest in Michigan history. As of Oct. 14, the campaigns had raised a combined total of nearly $80 million, according to data gathered by Open Secrets, making it the fifth-highest-raising Senate race in the U.S. in the 2020 cycle. Surveys conducted in the final weeks of the campaign showed Peters holding a slight lead over James, who enjoyed more support from Michigan voters than Republican President Donald Trump did in contemporaneous polls of the presidential race. Trump had won the Great Lake State in 2016 over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. This is breaking news. Please...
    Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in Michigan – a pivotal battleground state that inched the former vice president closer to the critical threshold of 270 Electoral Colleges votes needed to clinch the presidential election. [ READ: Trump, Biden and the Ongoing Drama of 2020 ]Biden bested Trump, 49.8% to 48.6% with 97% of the vote counted, for Michigan's 16 electoral votes in a race projected by CNN and NBC News on Wednesday afternoon. The win in Michigan took Biden to 264 Electoral College votes, six shy of a victory less than a day after polls closed on Election Day. The results there, and in a handful of other states, were always predicted to take days to weeks to finalize because election officials there are not allowed to begin counting mail-in ballots, which flooded into the state in record numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic, until the start of Election Day....
    LANSING, Michigan -- ABC News is projecting former Vice President Joe Biden to win Michigan's 16 electoral votes.Michigan is a fiercely contested battleground state where Trump prematurely claimed early Wednesday he was "winning" the contest with Biden.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for familiar battleground states, including Michigan.President Donald Trump's campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan.The latest counts gives Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says in a statement Wednesday that the campaign "has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed...
    LANSING, Michigan -- The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for familiar battleground states, including Michigan.President Donald Trump's campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan.The latest counts gives Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says in a statement Wednesday that the campaign "has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law."He says a suit was filed Wednesday in the Michigan Court of Claims "to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted."Michigan is a critical battleground state that helped deliver Trump the presidency four years ago, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Neither Wisconsin or...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks about health care at Beech Woods Recreation Center October 16, 2020 in Southfield,m Michigan.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Michigan, NBC News reported Wednesday. Michigan has 16 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated Biden held a lead in the state. The state voted for Republican presidential candidates from 1972 to1988 before flipping to Democratic winners from 1992 to 2012. Then in 2016, Trump narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 0.2% — the closest popular vote margin of any state that election. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.Related Tags Hillary Clinton Breaking News: Politics Politics White House Donald Trump
    Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin won her first reelection in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District against challenger Republican Paul Junge, according to a call made by the Associated Press Wednesday afternoon. Slotkin, 44, a former Defense Department official and intelligence briefer for the Central Intelligence Agency, faced off against Republican Paul Junge, a former news anchor and attorney, who was also a Trump appointee at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The district, which the Cook Partisan Voter Index rates as "R+4," is located in southeastern Michigan and includes the suburbs and exurbs between Detroit and Lansing, along with Livingston and Ingham counties and a part of Oakland County. Slotkin first came to office in 2018 after she defeated two-term Republican incumbent Mike Bishop by 4 points. In 2018, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won the district by 4 points over her GOP opponent, 50% to 46%, and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow nearly...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were locked in a tight race in battleground Michigan early Wednesday, with thousands of ballots yet to be tallied in a state whose 16 electoral votes may prove crucial. Democrats were cautiously optimistic because many outstanding ballots were due from populous areas friendly to them, such as Detroit and Grand Rapids. About 5.1 million ballots had been counted as of 10 a.m., already breaking the turnout record from 2008. Trump was looking to again claim the state he narrowly won four years ago. Democratic nominees held the state for decades before Trump, and Biden was hoping to put Michigan back in the blue column. The contest between first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James also was close and too early to call. During Michigan campaign stops, Biden criticized Trump’s “reckless” handling...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden was too early to call in battleground Michigan early Wednesday, with many votes uncounted. So were the state’s most competitive Senate contest in 20 years and several closely watched House races. Detroit, Michigan’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold, was not expected to finish counting until Wednesday night as it processed a surge of absentee ballots. “I expect we’ll have a clear picture, if not a final picture, of the unofficial results from Michigan within the next 24 hours,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said around 9 p.m. Tuesday. A look at the election: PRESIDENT Trump smashed the “blue wall” in his first White House bid, narrowly winning Michigan and two other states that had not backed a Republican nominee in decades. The margin of victory in Michigan, about two-tenths of a percentage point, was...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WHY AP HASN’T CALLED MICHIGAN: There are over 1 million ballots left to be counted in Michigan, many coming from the Democratic stronghold of Detroit. That makes the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden too early for the Associated Press to call. Michigan is among a handful of battleground states where Trump prematurely claimed early Wednesday he was “winning” the contest with Biden. Both are locked in a tight race for the 270 electors needed to win the presidency. “We’re winning Michigan by — I’ll tell you, I looked at the numbers,” Trump said during an appearance at the White House, where he promised to contest the election before the Supreme Court. More than 5.26 million votes have been cast in Michigan and many of the ballots left to be counted were submitted by mail, a way of voting that favors...
    WHY AP HASN’T CALLED MICHIGAN: There are over 1 million ballots left to be counted in Michigan, many coming from the Democratic stronghold of Detroit. That makes the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden too early for the Associated Press to call. Michigan is among a handful of battleground states where Trump prematurely claimed early Wednesday he was “winning” the contest with Biden. Both are locked in a tight race for the 270 electors needed to win the presidency. “We’re winning Michigan by — I’ll tell you, I looked at the numbers,” Trump said during an appearance at the White House, where he promised to contest the election before the Supreme Court. More than 5.26 million votes have been cast in Michigan and many of the ballots left to be counted were submitted by mail, a way of voting that favors Biden. Of...
    WASHINGTON -- Election officials in a handful of states are warning voters to disregard "robocalls" urging them to stay home rather than go to the polls. It's unclear whether the calls are part of any partisan agenda. They have hit Republican-leaning states as well as Democratic ones.What are the robocalls?One series of them appears to have gone out around the country and doesn't reference the election. Another appears targeted specifically at voters in Flint, Michigan, a Democratic stronghold with a large African-American population.What is voter suppression? Tactics used against communities of color throughout history, in 2020 EMBED More News Videos What is voter suppression? Experts explain how some American citizens have experienced barriers to voting, particularly in communities of color. What election officials are sayingElection officials in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are among those who say they have received reports urging voters to "stay home and stay safe." Some officials...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election officials in a handful of states are warning voters to disregard “robocalls” urging them to stay home rather than go to the polls. It’s unclear whether the calls are part of any partisan agenda. They have hit Republican-leaning states as well as Democratic ones. WHAT ARE THE ROBOCALLS? One series of them appears to have gone out around the country and doesn’t reference the election. Another appears targeted specifically at voters in Flint, Michigan, a Democratic stronghold with a large African-American population. WHAT ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE SAYING Election officials in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are among those who say they have received reports urging voters to “stay home and stay safe.” Some officials are sending a different message. “Our polling places across the state are open. Our voters and our poll workers will be kept safe,” Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen tweeted. “Elections matter and...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Election officials in a handful of states are warning voters to disregard “robocalls” urging them to stay home rather than go to the polls. It’s unclear whether the calls are part of any partisan agenda. They have hit Republican-leaning states as well as Democratic ones. WHAT ARE THE ROBOCALLS? One series of them appears to have gone out around the country and doesn't reference the election. Another appears targeted specifically at voters in Flint, Michigan, a Democratic stronghold with a large African-American population. WHAT ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE SAYING Election officials in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are among those who say they have received reports urging voters to “stay home and stay safe.” Some officials are sending a different message. “Our polling places across the state are open. Our voters and our poll workers will be kept safe,” Nebraska Secretary of State Robert...
    WASHINGTON – Election officials in a handful of states are warning voters to disregard “robocalls” urging them to stay home rather than go to the polls. It’s unclear whether the calls are part of any partisan agenda. They have hit Republican-leaning states as well as Democratic ones. WHAT ARE THE ROBOCALLS? One series of them appears to have gone out around the country and doesn't reference the election. Another appears targeted specifically at voters in Flint, Michigan, a Democratic stronghold with a large African-American population. WHAT ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE SAYING Election officials in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are among those who say they have received reports urging voters to “stay home and stay safe.” Some officials are sending a different message. “Our polling places across the state are open. Our voters and our poll workers will be kept safe,” Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen tweeted. “Elections matter...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election officials in a handful of states are warning voters to disregard “robocalls” urging them to stay home rather than go to the polls. It’s unclear whether the calls are part of any partisan agenda. They have hit Republican-leaning states as well as Democratic ones. WHAT ARE THE ROBOCALLS? One series of them appears to have gone out around the country and doesn’t reference the election. Another appears targeted specifically at voters in Flint, Michigan, a Democratic stronghold with a large African-American population. WHAT ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE SAYING Election officials in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are among those who say they have received reports urging voters to “stay home and stay safe.” Some officials are sending a different message. “Our polling places across the state are open. Our voters and our poll workers will be kept safe,” Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen tweeted....
    Democrats are attempting to blame President Donald Trump for the vandalism of several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan — even though police said they had no evidence about the identity of the culprits. Headstones at the Ahavas Achim Cemetery were defaced in red paint with letters spelling “Trump” and “MAGA.” The crime was reported on November 2, the day before Election Day, according to a report by Kalamazoo-area CBS affiliate WMMT. “Other than the red spray paint, no other evidence was left at the scene,” the report stated, citing the local police department. But Democrats rushed to blame the president, who held the final rally of his 2020 campaign in Grand Rapids that evening: The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus released a statement about the vandalism: “The desecration at Ahavas Israel is evocative of the febrile political atmosphere our country finds itself in right now. But it doesn’t...
    Tens of thousands of Trump supporters gathered at late-night rallies in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday night — the eve of Election Day. Both rallies carried immense symbolic significance for the campaign. Kenosha is where President Donald Trump made a firm stand for law and order as riots ravaged the city in late August, after police shot Jacob Blake Jr. during an altercation. While Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden blamed police, Trump urged the use of the National Guard to restore peace to the town, one of many in America that was badly damaged during riots that developed alongside the Black Lives Matter movement over the past several months. Grand Rapids was the site of the last Trump campaign rally in 2016, another late night event that began in the wee hours of the morning on Election Day. Trump also spoke earlier in the day in...
    Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Traverse City, Michigan, on Monday afternoon to await the president’s arrival for a rally on the last day of the 2020 campaign before Election Day. TRAVERSE CITY, MI – NOVEMBER 02: People wait for President Donald Trump to arrive at a campaign rally on November 2, 2020 in Traverse City, Michigan. President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are making multiple stops in swing states ahead of the general election on November 3rd. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)   TRAVERSE CITY, MI – NOVEMBER 02: People wait for President Donald Trump to arrive at a campaign rally on November 2, 2020 in Traverse City, Michigan. President Trump and former Vice President Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are making multiple stops in swing states ahead of the general election on November 3rd. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) TRAVERSE CITY,...
    (CNN)There is an unusual feeling of foreboding in America.US politics so revolves around dueling visions of the country that tension always steeps before presidential elections. But it's especially raw this election eve.People on both sides of the political divide fear that the country they love will be lost if their preferred candidate does not win on Tuesday. Liberals believe another term for Donald Trump would so badly erode democratic institutions and guardrails that there would be no going back. Trump and conservative media polemicists tell his supporters that the country will be consumed in flames and taken over by radical socialist thugs if he loses to Joe Biden. The President bears much of the blame for the national angst. He has been claiming for months that the election will be rigged, predicted it would go to the Supreme Court, refused to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, and encouraged supporters...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently updated the state’s coronavirus policies, tightening the grip on her increasingly strict lockdown. According to the Democratic governor's new requirements, all dine-in establishments must take down customers’ names and phone numbers for contact tracing beginning Monday, Nov. 3. This updated policy, as well as others, threaten a civil fine of $1,000 and interference of law enforcement upon disobedience. The issuance of tightened restrictions comes from a recent spike in Michigan coronavirus cases. According to the state, there’s been a 3.5% increase in positive tests with about 3,000 cases being reported each day. The updated order also suppresses capacity at indoor venues and recommends the public refrain from shouting or cheering at social events. “The heart of our effort to beat COVID will be in the hearts and minds of individual Michiganders... choosing to protect human life and to act on the science,” Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director...
    Thousands of people stood in line for hours on Sunday morning to attend a rally for President Donald Trump in Washington Township in Macomb County, Michigan – despite frigid temperatures, gusts of wind, and snow flurries. Photos and video: A portion of the line in Macomb County’s Washington Twp ahead of a cold and rainy rally for President Donald Trump — his third of five in Michigan in the space of a week. pic.twitter.com/1U2WNBciwg — Beth LeBlanc (@DNBethLeBlanc) November 1, 2020 WASHINGTON, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 01: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump arrive to a Trump campaign rally on November 01, 2020 in Washington, Michigan. Only days before the U.S. election, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are campaigning in crucial swing states. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 01: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump arrive to a Trump campaign rally on November 01, 2020...
    Democratic candidate Joe Biden had trouble getting his words out on Saturday during a rally in Michigan as he railed against President Trump's plans for healthcare. Biden was on a roll as he told voters how Trump would take away their protections from pre-existing conditions and destroy the Affordable Care Act when he suddenly muttered something completely unintelligible. 'We're also going to act to protect health care. Trump and the Republicans just jammed through a Supreme Court nominee for one overwhelming reason, as Barack said, the president said, they have been trying with over 50 shots to take out Obamacare, to destroy the Affordable Care Act,' Biden started.    Democratic candidate Joe Biden had trouble getting his words out on Saturday during a rally in Michigan as he railed against President Trump's plans for healthcare Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden greet each other...
    Joe Biden and Barack Obama got the band back together again Saturday, campaigning in Flint, Michigan, as an in-person team for the first time since Biden secured the Democratic nomination. Obama –- this time serving as the supporting character for his former vice president – noted Biden's experience and character, all while having some fun at the expense of the man who followed him in office. "What is his obsession, by the way, with crowd size? You notice that? This is the one measure he has of success! He's still worried about his inauguration crowd being smaller than mine. It really bugs him. He's still talking about that!" Obama said, referring to President Donald Trump's repeated, and inaccurate, insistence that more people showed up to his inauguration than Obama's. "Does he have nothing better to worry about? Did no one come to his birthday party when he was a kid?...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016.The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away.Rep. Dan Kildee, a...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They’ll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden’s column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump’s upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away....
    By DAVID EGGERT, AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan,...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 2016 presidential election, Mohamed Abukar didn’t like his options, so he didn’t vote. This year the 26-year-old Michigan resident has already cast his ballot — and urged others to follow suit. “It’s your civic duty” to vote, Abukar said as his balloting was livestreamed by Thasin Sardar, a trustee of the board at The Islamic Center of East Lansing who wanted to encourage community members to vote. Muslim American groups and activists have organized with a heightened sense of urgency this fall, setting up phone banks, virtual town halls and rallies aimed at maximizing voter turnout, especially in battleground states. Many hope that in states with notable Muslim populations, such as Michigan, energizing more of them can make a difference in close races and illustrate the community’s political power. This election may end up being considered the one “that served to start...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump excoriated former GOP Michigan governor Rick Snyder in a Friday morning tweet for supporting Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Snyder, who served as governor from 2011 to 2019 before being succeeded by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced Thursday that he was “proud Republican” who had voted for Biden. “I would NEVER have taken the endorsement of the man who, through gross incompetence, poisoned the people of Flint, Michigan,” Trump wrote in a Friday morning tweet, referring to the Wolverine State’s lead-tainted water crisis. “Former RINO Governor Rick Snyder should be ashamed of himself and his service. I was asked to help fix it. Biden took his endorsement. VOTE TRUMP!!!” he wrote, using an acronym for the term “Republican in name only.” In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Snyder slammed Trump’s record on the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve already voted,” Snyder told “Your World” host Neil...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump excoriated former GOP Michigan governor Rick Snyder in a Friday morning tweet for supporting Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Snyder, who served as governor from 2011 to 2019 before being succeeded by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced Thursday that he was “proud Republican” who had voted for Biden. “I would NEVER have taken the endorsement of the man who, through gross incompetence, poisoned the people of Flint, Michigan,” Trump wrote in a Friday morning tweet, referring to the Wolverine State’s lead-tainted water crisis. “Former RINO Governor Rick Snyder should be ashamed of himself and his service. I was asked to help fix it. Biden took his endorsement. VOTE TRUMP!!!” he wrote, using an acronym for the term “Republican in name only.” In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Snyder slammed Trump’s record on the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve already voted,” Snyder told “Your World” host Neil Cavuto....
    Joe Biden on Wednesday told Oprah Winfrey his son Hunter 'is the smartest guy i know' as he spoke with a 94-year-old woman who drove 600 miles to vote.    The Democratic nominee made a surprise appearance Wednesday on a virtual get-out-the-vote event hosted by Winfrey that focused on voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. During the event, Biden spoke to Mildred Madison, a Michigan resident who drove over 600 miles to cast her vote in person after her absentee ballot never arrived.   Biden told Madison he spoke with late son Beau as well as Hunter, wife Jill and mom Catherine about becoming Barack Obama's running mate. Listing his family's qualities, the Democrat described Hunter as 'the smartest guy i know'. The Democratic nominee made a surprise appearance Wednesday on a virtual event hosted by Winfrey on Zoom that focused voters in battle ground states Photos and emails...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, during his rally in Lansing, Michigan, on Tuesday, at one point taking credit for the FBI thwarting a plot to kidnap her and then immediately downplaying the actual threat that had been posed to Whitmer. "Your governor, I don't thinks she likes me too much," Trump joked, prompting a loud reaction from the crowd."Hey, hey, hey hey," he told the audience, "I'm the one, it was our people that helped her out with her problem.""I mean, we'll have to see if it's a problem. Right? People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't," he added. "It was our people -- my people, our people that helped her out. And then she blamed me for it. She blamed me and it was our people that helped her. I don't get it. How did you put...
    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina is statistically even with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, while Democratic Senator Gary Peters of Michigan leads Republican John James, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. There are about 12 competitive U.S. Senate races up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election, 10 with vulnerable Republican incumbents and two with vulnerable Democrats. To have a majority in the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House, which gives the vice president a tie-breaking vote, and four if not.     Here are the latest results for three Senate races on which Reuters/Ipsos is polling: NORTH CAROLINA (Oct. 21-27 poll) * Voting for Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham: 48% * Voting for Republican Senator Thom Tillis: 47% * The race is statistically tied because the difference between the two is within the survey's credibility...
    (CNN)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign is making a late push into deeper-red states in the final week before the 2020 election, chasing a number of possible paths to 270 electoral votes while President Donald Trump focuses on defending a narrower set of states that he won four years ago but where polls show he now trails.Biden is set to visit Georgia and Iowa this week, while his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, travels Friday to Texas -- all states Trump won handily in 2016. Trump's campaign, meanwhile, is narrowing its focus. It is largely ignoring the Biden team's bids for states like Georgia, Texas and Ohio, where Biden has made a late advertising push -- a result of the reality that Trump cannot keep pace with the better-funded Biden's spending. Build your own road to 270 electoral votes with CNN's interactive map.With so many states to defend, Trump's...
    A major Detroit newspaper has endorsed Republican Senate candidate John James six years after endorsing his current Democratic opponent, Sen. Gary Peters. "This is the right moment for John James," the Detroit News editorial board wrote this week. "He is waging his campaign at a time when America is trying to work through its long history of racial animus. As an African American, a conservative, and a Republican, James would add an important perspective to policy-making aimed at vanquishing racial inequity." The paper added, "Michigan would gain increased influence and better representation for its people in the U.S. Senate by electing John James. “It would also send to the Senate a natural leader who could well become one of the chamber’s most powerful members.” The editorial board also touted James’s business background and his leadership qualities developed as an Army Ranger pilot and West Point graduate. "He helped lead...
    Milwaukee residents waited in line to vote outside the Tippecanoe branch library on Oct. 20, the first day of early in-person voting in Wisconsin. Registered Democrats have so far run a sizable lead in early voting and, while that doesn't say anything about the outcome of the election, it certainly is an indication of Democratic voter enthusiasm. In fact, that enthusiasm has materialized at the polls in some very important swing states. An analysis from Hawkfish, a Michael Bloomberg-funded group, showed the vote margins in the following states favoring Democrats, according to Politico: Arizona: 16 points Michigan: 24 points  North Carolina: 14 points  Pennsylvania: 46 points  Wisconsin: 22 points If we win Pennsylvania, Trump loses—which is why Republicans are doing all they can to suppress the vote. Pennsylvania is the crucial battleground state where we need the most volunteers. Click to sign up for virtual phone banking, text banking, and other activities at...
    It didn’t seem to matter much if President Donald Trump was in Michigan or somewhere else, the attacks on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kept coming from the president. Trump spent time complaining about the Democratic governor during a rally last week in Georgia after law enforcement officials took down an alleged violent kidnapping plot against her earlier this month. The next day, he picked up where he left off and then some while campaigning in Michigan. After calling on Whitmer to open up the state, chants of “lock her up,” could be heard in the crowd, with Trump responding, “Lock ’em all up.” Later at the same Saturday rally, Trump said, “I guess they said she was threatened,” about the plot against Whitmer. And while he continued criticizing her over the intervening days, it may have an impact back in the key swing state Whitmer calls home as the 2020 election...
    Democrat Joe Biden is juicing up his campaign starting Friday by deploying the singer Lizzo to Detroit Michigan for several events.  Then on Saturday and Sunday, Cher will head to Las Vegas, Nevada and then Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of the Democratic ticket.  Musicians have long been fixtures on the campaign trail, but with the coronavirus pandemic moving most political events - at least on the Democratic side - online, the back-to-back celebrity appearances stand out.  Lizzo (left) will travel to the Detroit area Friday on behalf of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, while Cher (right) will be dispatched Saturday to Las Vegas, Nevada and Sunday to Phoenix, Arizona  Democratic nominee Joe Biden is getting help this weekend from Lizzo and Cher as the two singers travel to Michigan, Nevada and Arizona on behalf of the Democratic ticket   Lizzo is billed to participate in a canvass launch...
    After a closer-than-expected primary against an old rival, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is anticipated to win a second term in Congress as part of an ever-growing number of more liberal lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In 2018, Tlaib, 44, became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, alongside fellow so-called "squad" member Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. For a freshman lawmaker, Tlaib has an outsized national profile thanks to her membership of the "squad," a group of four minority House Democratic women who freely criticize President Trump, often in vulgar terms. Tlaib, for instance, encouraged her House colleagues to "impeach the motherf---er" shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C. She was also temporarily barred from entering Israel, again with Omar, at Trump's behest. Her loud, brash style hasn't just irked Republicans. She's taken shots, too, at the Democratic establishment, goading Iowa Democrats to "boo" 2016 presidential...
    By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That's still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid far more attention to swing-voting Wisconsin and its pivotal neighbor Michigan than Clinton did during a campaign with no public health crisis or concerns about mass gatherings. More than budgeting some of his carefully planned time, and certainly spending prodigiously more money on advertising, Biden's team also has attempted to correct Clinton's more glaring failure in the two states by reaching out directly to voters. “When you don’t come and ask people for their vote, they feel like it doesn’t matter," said Karen Finney, a senior Clinton adviser who in retrospect says Clinton's campaign was more concerned with modeling voter behavior than reaching...
    Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That's still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid far more attention to swing-voting Wisconsin and its pivotal neighbor Michigan than Clinton did during a campaign with no public health crisis or concerns about mass gatherings. More than budgeting some of his carefully planned time, and certainly spending prodigiously more money on advertising, Biden's team also has attempted to correct Clinton's more glaring failure in the two states by reaching out directly to voters. “When you don’t come and ask people for their vote, they feel like it doesn’t matter," said Karen Finney, a senior Clinton adviser who in retrospect says Clinton's campaign was more concerned with modeling voter behavior than reaching voters. Biden's...
    Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That’s still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid far more attention to swing-voting Wisconsin and its pivotal neighbor Michigan than Clinton did during a campaign with no public health crisis or concerns about mass gatherings. More than budgeting some of his carefully planned time, and certainly spending prodigiously more money on advertising, Biden’s team also has attempted to correct Clinton’s more glaring failure in the two states by reaching out directly to voters. “When you don’t come and ask people for their vote, they feel like it doesn’t matter,” said Karen Finney, a senior Clinton adviser who in retrospect says Clinton’s campaign was more concerned with modeling voter behavior than reaching voters. Biden’s...
    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina pulled even with his Democratic challenger, and in Michigan, the Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat cut into the Democratic incumbent's lead, Reuters/Ipsos polls showed on Tuesday. There are about 12 competitive U.S. Senate races this year, 10 with vulnerable Republican incumbents and two with vulnerable Democrats. To have a majority in the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House, which gives the vice president a tie-breaking vote, and four if not. Here are the latest results for three Senate races on which Reuters/Ipsos is polling: NORTH CAROLINA (Oct. 14-20 poll) * Voting for Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham: 47% * Voting for Republican Senator Thom Tillis: 47% * Cunningham led Tillis 46%-42% in the prior week. * 12% said they had already voted. MICHIGAN (Oct. 14-20 poll) *...
    (CNN)Two weeks before Election Day, Joe Biden appears well-positioned to finish the job that Democrats above all hired him to do: Rebuild the party's blue wall in the Rust Belt.Biden's principal asset in the 2020 Democratic primaries was the widespread sense among party voters that he was best qualified among the contenders to win back the defecting White voters, especially those without college degrees, who allowed Donald Trump to capture Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 2016 -- and with them the presidency. How 2020 may reconfigure politics in the SouthwestNow, a wide array of public polls consistently shows Biden leading in all three states, defending Minnesota (which Trump has targeted) and running almost step for step with the President in Ohio and Iowa, two Rust Belt states Trump won more easily last time. With remarkable consistency across these states, polls show Biden benefiting from similar dynamics, as he attracts a...
    State Rep. Felisha Leffler, a Republican, says she's the latest recipient of a series of anonymous postcards accusing Vermont lawmakers of both parties of "un-American" behavior and calling for their arrests. Leffler, who was elected in 2018 and is seeking another term on Nov. 3, said in a Facebook post that she got "the same postcard that many of my colleagues in the Vermont House of Representatives have received. The Vermont Democratic Party has condemned "the hateful messages," which were sent to a number of legislators, including Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, according to VT Digger, a local news outlet. VERMONT MAIL-IN VOTING: WHAT TO KNOW Lefler, whose postcard accused her of "refusing to accept input from citizens on public matters," said she reported it to Capitol Police.  "This morning, around 5 [a.m.], I woke up to a gunshot," she continued in her Thursday post. "My porch camera caught a couple seconds of a car driving by my...
    President Donald Trump held a large outdoor rally in Florida Friday where supporters chanted 'Lock him up!' when he tore into rival Joe Biden, who himself blasted the 'refusal to condemn' a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan. The crowd chants, at Trump's outdoor rally in Ocala, came as the president campaigned in the southeast in a push to try to turn back his rivals expansive polling lead. Trump teed off on a report based on information gleaned from Hunter Biden's laptop, claiming it showed the Biden family is 'corrupt.'  'It’s the biggest story worldwide. It’s a corrupt family. And these people didn’t ask him one single question about it,' Trump said, complaining about a Thursday night town hall meeting on ABC where voters did not bring up the story with Biden during his prime time appearance. President Donald Trump called Joe Biden's family a 'corrupt family'...
    Detroit (CNN)Democrats are hoping to take back control of the Senate majority after Election Day, but to do that they need to defend incumbent Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who's facing a fierce challenge from Republican John James.For a state that was crucial to Donald Trump winning the presidency four years ago, Michigan is not only a key battleground state for the White House, it's vital to Democrats' attempts to wrestle back control of the upper chamber.But while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading polls in the state this fall, Peters is locked in a tight battle with his GOP challenger, with no clear leader. "There is a great deal of energy on both sides because of what's at stake here," Peters said in an interview with CNN this week in Traverse City."It's incredibly important," he said. "We have to have a majority in the Senate for our president Biden...
    1 of 7This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Barry Croft. Croft is one of several people charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP)1 of 7This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Barry Croft. Croft is one of several people charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will return...
    Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that he is self-isolating after taking a rapid coronavirus test that came back positive ahead of a planned appearance with Vice President Pence, saying he is awaiting confirmation that he does have the virus. "Earlier today, I was expected to appear with the Vice President. While taking part in offsite testing protocols, I took a rapid test that came back positive for COVID-19. I am awaiting the results of a PCR test and I am self isolating until I have confirmed results," Huizenga tweeted. Pence spoke at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., earlier Wednesday. While Huizenga's diagnosis is not yet confirmed, he would join more than a dozen other House members to test positive for COVID-19 or have a presumed case. The other House members who have also had COVID-19 include Reps. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (R-Ill.), Jahana HayesJahana HayesGOP Rep. Mike...
    Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam says Trump's 'liberate Virginia' tweet amounted to an incitement of violence. Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's office blamed Donald Trump for inciting violence from his supporters, saying Trump's rhetoric is dangerous. A spokesperson for Northam made the comment after the FBI announced on Tuesday that right-wing extremists who were allegedly plotting to overthrow and kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about carrying out a similar plot against Northam. "Here's the reality: President Trump called upon his supporters to 'LIBERATE VIRGINIA' in April — just like Michigan. In fact, the President regularly encourages violence against those who disagree with him," Northam spokesperson Alena Yarmosky said in a statement. "The rhetoric coming out of this White House has serious and potentially deadly consequences. It must stop."
    An FBI agent on Tuesday said the extremists who allegedly plotted to kidnap and overthrow the Michigan governor also discussed doing the same to Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam may also have been a target of a group of anti-government, right-wing extremists who allegedly were plotting to overthrow and kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, an FBI agent said Tuesday at a court hearing. "They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders," Special Agent Richard Trask said at a court hearing, according to the Associated Press, which also reported that the alleged kidnappers "were unhappy" with Northam's efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The possible targeting of Northam came after Donald Trump tweeted a call to his followers to...
    Members of anti-government paramilitary groups allegedly discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. WHITMER KIDNAP PLOT PUTS MICHIGAN SHERIFF IN HOT SEAT OVER CORONAVIRUS PROTEST LINK Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Seven other men face state terrorism charges. Trask did not name Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, during his testimony in a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids. He said members of anti-government groups from multiple states attended the meeting. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.   The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Seven other men face state terrorism charges. Trask did not name Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, during his testimony in a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids. He said members of anti-government groups from multiple states attended the meeting. “They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders,” Trask said. He said the people at the meeting were unhappy with the governors’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trask did not discuss further planning aimed at Northam. The June meeting was...
    Millions of Americans in 44 states will vote in dozens of state legislative races this November, in some cases determining which party has majority control before states begin congressional redistricting. Though Republicans have held legislative majorities in most swing states throughout the last decade, Democrats hope that their momentum at the national level will lead to state legislative wins in critical battlegrounds like Michigan, Florida, Arizona and more, according to NBC News. If Democrats manage to flip majorities in states across the country, they would have a greater influence over how states redraw their congressional districts for the following decade as well. (RELATED: Polls Show A Widening Lead For Biden In Some Critical States) Here’s where some battleground state legislatures stand only 22 days from Election Day. Michigan Democrats need to pick up just four seats in the state House of Representatives to regain the majority. Though President Donald Trump...
    (CNN)There's no point dancing around it: For a lot of Michigan liberals, the most important thing any presidential candidate can do is not be Donald Trump. Trump 10,704-vote victory here helped him secure the presidency in 2016. It was a difficult pill to swallow for liberal voters in this state, reliably Democratic since 1992 -- an outcome driven as much by unexpected support for Trump as by low Democratic turnout, particularly in overwhelmingly blue Detroit. Nancy KafferStatewide, Trump is down nearly nine points against former Vice President Joe Biden, according to NBC/Marist latest poll. Notably, independent voters are aligning overwhelmingly with Democrats, per an earlier NBC/Marist poll of Michiganders Biden needs suburban women and independents and Obama voters who flipped in 2016. He also needs Detroit. Read MoreDetroit is so heavily Democratic that the city's legislative and congressional races are decided in party primaries. And in 2016, 41,625 fewer Detroiters...
    Detroit (CNN)There's no way Hillary Clinton should have lost Michigan in 2016. And there's no way Donald Trump should win it again in 2020.But Clinton did lose, and Trump could win once more. Nolan FinleyThat's why Joe Biden is continuing to pour resources into the state, despite recent polls that indicate he has a comfortable eight-point lead over the President in Michigan heading into the final month of campaigning.Michigan, a once reliably Democratic presidential state, is suddenly unpredictable. The lesson learned from the last election is don't quit running here until you've crossed the finish line."Democrats are taking Michigan seriously this time," Rep. Debbie Dingell of Dearborn told me. Dingell screamed into the wind in the final days of the 2016 contest that her state was slipping away. Trump ultimately won by less than a quarter of a percentage point. Read MoreI was among those who missed the building Trump...
    Republicans across the country are bracing for the “worst-case” scenario of “total democratic control” in the Senate and White House after the upcoming 2020 presidential election, according to one conservative pundit. Politics editor at the Washington Examiner w. James Antle III penned a piece arguing that things are looking grim for members of the GOP party running for election in November, with candidates in traditionally safe red states facing a “wipeout.” As President Donald Trump continues to drop in polling in recent days, Republicans are facing renewed concern that they will not only lose the White House, but they might be facing a defeat in the Upper Chamber, as well. “Republicans believe that even with the election less than a month away and early voting already underway, Trump and several of their endangered Senate incumbents still have time to recover. But they are also bracing for the worst-case scenario. ‘Total...
    Disinterested or alienated Democrats in Michigan were part of a massive drop in votes that led to Hillary Clintons 2016 defeat in the key Midwest state — and the Joe Biden campaign is trying to get them back. The Democratic drop-off in 2016 spanned the whole state, but it was especially pronounced in reliably Democratic Genesee County, about an hours drive north of Detroit — and the states fifth most populous county, NBC News reported.  Clinton carried the county in 2016 but with 20% fewer votes than President Barack Obama won in 2012. And voter turnout was dismal in Flint, a majority-Black, majority-Democratic city where voters appeared uninspired by Clinton, NBC News reported. President Donald Trump won over voters in the more politically independent suburban and rural parts of the county — and his support there remains strong, NBC News reported. David Martin, the Republican county commissioner, said many voters...
    A plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor has put a focus on the security of governors who have faced protests and threats over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. While the alleged plot against Gretchen Whitmer is the most specific and highest-profile to come to light, it’s far from the first threat against state officials, particularly Democrats who imposed business closures and restrictions on social gatherings. In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said this week that news of the arrest of 13 men accused of planning the overthrow of Michigan’s government rattled members of her family. “I started to get calls from both my daughters who were terrified and who were often included in some of the negative messaging,” Lujan Grisham said this week. “Early on in this pandemic. one of the threats that we got was ‘I hope your grandchildren get COVID.’ ” In August, a man pleaded guilty...
    Protesters at May rallies opposing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court is completely out of control—but we can fix it. To get you up to speed: A week ago, in a strictly party-line vote, the court’s 4-3 Republican majority voted to strike down a 75-year-old law because Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had used it to declare a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, you read that right: The state Supreme Court declared that Whitmer cannot use the same tools every other governor has deployed to fight the virus, which has already killed 7,200 Michiganders and is once again exploding. That tells us two things: The Republican justices are effectively pro-coronavirus. They don’t believe that Democrats, when they win office, are legitimate and entitled to govern. Both of those are terrifying propositions. The first will lead to ever-greater losses of...
    (CNN)Over the summer, as racial justice demonstrations swept through American cities, President Donald Trump warned he would wield the powers of government to suppress violence. Embracing a "law and order" mantle, Trump himself announced from the East Room a surge of federal agents and castigated groups such as Black Lives Matter as cultivating "hate.""My first duty as President is to protect the American people, and today I'm taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation," he declared.A few months later, Trump's only acknowledgment of his government taking down an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan was to wonder why he hadn't been thanked.How Trump chooses to promote his administration's efforts to enforce "law and order" follow a clear pattern of political calculation; in instances when the Justice Department finds cases that bolster his claims of fraudulent voting, rampant urban crime or deep state corruption, Trump is...
    (CNN)Michigan Democratic state lawmakers are upset, angry and demanding firearms be banned from the Michigan state Capitol building after the news that the FBI thwarted an alleged domestic terror plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.One of the accused plotters allegedly had initially discussed storming the state Capitol and taking hostages, according to court documents."You know who those potential hostages would have been? STATE LEGISLATORS. My colleagues. My friends. Me. There was a reason we were scared to go to work during those violent gatherings. Will the GOP leaders take the steps needed to keep the Capitol safe now?" state Rep. Darrin Camilleri, a Democrat, tweeted Thursday. "I'm scared and I'm mad and I refuse to take it any longer," Democratic state Sen. Dayna Polehanki said on the Michigan state Senate floor later Thursday.She recalled how armed protesters gathered in the Senate chamber "to intimidate" her and her colleagues during protests...
    Five people have been arrested in an FBI raid in Michigan over plots to kidnap and assassinate political figures including the state's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer who they believe 'violated' the US Constitution this year with tough pandemic lockdown laws. The five men were taken into custody in a raid on a house in Detroit on Thursday morning. They have been named as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and 24-year-old Ty Garbin. None of the other suspects' ages have yet been released.  In their arrest affidavit, the FBI wrote: 'Several members talked about murdering "tyrants" or "taking' a sitting governor".   The Detroit News first shared details of the FBI operation. It claims that in June, some of the men held a meeting with 13 other people where they discussed forming their own 'self-sufficient' society.  The FBI were seen raiding the property in Detroit on Thursday morning. FBI agents filed...
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