Pence heading to Michigan for post-primary GOP unity rally
Lansing — Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Michigan next week to rally with Republicans a day after the primary election, the state party announced Friday.
Pence is expected at a GOP Unity Rally on Wednesday evening at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. His visit will come less than 24 hours after polls close in Tuesday’s primary.
“Republicans are ready to unite and move forward, continuing to provide results for Michigan residents,” Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser said in a statement.
“I am thankful to have Vice President Mike Pence on hand to rally our base, support our ticket, and help Republicans across Michigan unite as we work toward victory in November.”
The Michigan Republican Party will handle ticket distribution for the event, set to start at 6:30 p.m., and made clear that no one will be admitted without a ticket.
Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are also expected at the unity rally.
Pence and President Donald Trump have both endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette of Midland for governor. The combative primary also features Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Portland, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and obstetrician Jim Hines of Saginaw.
Businessman John James of Farmington Hills also has Pence and Trump’s backing in his closely watched U.S. Senate primary fight with Grosse Pointe businessman Sandy Pensler.
Pence last visited Michigan in June, when he attended a Schuette fundraiser in Birmingham and touted federal tax cuts at Frank Rewold and Son Inc., a family-owned construction contractor in Rochester.
Pence, who was a regular in Michigan on the 2016 trail, also delivered a commencement speech at Hillsdale College in May. He is the former governor of Indiana.