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Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau
  • Detroit’s mayor will help open Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s first Mich. office
  • The office is set to open as New Hampshire voters start wrapping up voting in their primary

Lansing — Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders are ramping up their campaigns in Michigan this week with four weeks until the March 8 primary.

Michigan Democrats who have requested absentee ballots started receiving mail advertisements from Sanders on Monday that pledged he would “fix a rigged economy” if elected president.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will help open Clinton’s first Michigan campaign on Tuesday night as New Hampshire voters are starting to wrap up voting in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary, where Clinton trails Sanders in the polls.

On Thursday, Chelsea Clinton will swing through Michigan to make campaign stops in Detroit and Flint for her mother, who is a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady.

Former President Bill Clinton will drop into Grand Rapids on Friday for a fundraiser for his wife’s campaign, said Brandon Dillon, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, who is neutral in the primary.

On Tuesday night, Duggan will join other Detroit-area Democrats supporting Clinton’s candidacy at a 6 p.m. opening of the new Detroit campaign office, according to the Clinton campaign.

The Clinton campaign is renting office space inside the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 state headquarters at 600 W. Lafayette Blvd.

The opening of a campaign office in Detroit comes on the heels of Clinton’s visit to Flint on Sunday. Her campaign plans to open two other offices in Flint and Grand Rapids over the next week.

“We’re going to have more places than that,” said Ryan Hughes, state director for Sanders’ Michigan campaign.

Sanders has not yet visited Michigan as a presidential candidate this election cycle, but his campaign is quickly taking steps to compete with Clinton in the primary.

The Sanders campaign plans to open offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing in the next week, Hughes said.

Clinton made her third campaign trip to Michigan on Sunday to speak at a Flint church about the city’s water-contamination crisis.

Her previous two trips to the state were for fundraisers in July in Grosse Pointe and Detroit last month. Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for his wife’s campaign in October at a home in Bingham Farms.

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