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Both presidential candidates make final push in Michigan

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

A campaign cycle that has raged on for more than a year -- and perhaps the most contentious in U.S. history -- is almost over.

On Tuesday millions will go to the polls to vote for the next Commander in Chief.

The day before the election the candidates focused on Michigan.

Hillary Clinton received some help from the man who already has the job. President Barrack Obama spoke on her behalf on the U of M campus Monday afternoon.

Phillip Voldahal was at that rally. He said he has voted Republican for the last 30 years, but he is changing his tune this year.

"Just from listening to Donald Trump, he just seems so flaky. For over a year now I've listened to what he says and I'm just scratching my head," Voldahal said.

Kevin Knight also attended the rally. He said he wanted to hear what Obama had to say even though he is voting for Trump.

"Honestly, I just hope that everyone can come together to make the world a better place," Knight said.

Clinton spoke at Grand Valley State University later in the day.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his vice president nominee Mike Pence campaigned in Grand Rapids on Monday.

"I think he's a breath of fresh air. I think he's a new beginning for our country. It is just so exciting and refreshing to me. The first election in a long time where I feel a real energy and excitement," said Susan Tanner, Essexville resident.

Tanner made the drive to hear Trump speak Monday night.

"I think Trump is choosing Michigan because he's a smart man. You know, this state has been blue for so many years and I'm telling you, the corruption in Washington is so terrible. You're going to see some states this election that are going to turn from purple to red or from blue to red. I can pretty much guarantee that," said Robert Callison, Trump supporter.

Trump’s visit was his second to Michigan in as many days.

On Sunday, he held a campaign rally in Sterling Heights. Trump made a direct path at unions and took aim at Clinton’s connection to NAFTA.

“I want to share a message with my many friends in the unions all across the state. And the unions love me. The Clintons gave us NAFTA. Think of it. The worst trade deal ever signed by any country ever,” Trump said.

Trump said the economic policies of Bill and Hillary Clinton have “bled Michigan dry.”

Read more about his visit here

A very different message came from Bill Clinton during his visit to Michigan.

The former president appeared Sunday at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint. The former President Clinton told the congregation his wife was the first candidate to respond to the water crisis.

He said her administration will make ending it a top priority.

“When Flint was in trouble she came. Before others did and she stayed after others had gone,” he said.

Read more about his visit here

Current poll averages have Clinton leading Trump by nearly five points in Michigan. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Michigan hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988. 

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