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Michigan is battleground state in presidential election

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Mid-Michigan residents headed to the polls on August 2 for the state’s primary elections with less than 100 days until the November presidential election.

Michigan is one of the highly contested battleground states that both candidates will be vying to win in the fall.

“We absolutely believe that’s true and we are going to have a lot of folks here from the Hillary campaign working in Michigan,” said State Representative Vanessa Guerra, a Clinton supporter.

Guerra isn’t surprised that Michigan will play a big role in who wins in November. Many polls show a tight race between the Democratic nominee Clinton, and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

But Guerra believes Clinton will get the votes to keep Michigan blue.

“She was supportive of the auto package that helped thousands of workers here in Saginaw County alone maintain their jobs. And Donald Trump’s gone on record saying he would’ve let the auto industry fail.”

But Trump supporter Debra Mantey with the Trump office in Saginaw Township believes the Great Lakes State isn’t up for grabs.

“Probably isn’t much of a battleground state. Only with the media and some of the Democrats because we’re going to win Michigan,” said Mantey who was a delegate at the Republican National Convention. Mantey is confident the mitten will vote Trump, despite the fact that Michigan hasn’t voted for the Grand Old Party nominee since 1988.

“He is the job creator. He’s written paychecks all of his life. That’s what we need in Michigan. He’s our job creator. Hillary has not done any of that.”

In the national election Michigan has 16 electoral votes. Both campaigns have just over 3 months to find a way to get them. Those tallies could go a long way in determining who reaches the magic number of 270 and becomes our 45th president.

“This is a guy who has the personality and all the elements that maybe we need to actually win this time,” said Mantey.

“At the end of the day it comes down to our values. And we want a president that represents our values, and someone who will represent us in a positive light on the world stage,” said Guerra.

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