Hillary Clinton set to visit Michigan on Wednesday

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Michigan on Wednesday, according to two sources, less than two weeks after accepting her party’s nomination and two days after a visit from Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The Clinton campaign has not confirmed any details, but a source familiar with the plans said Clinton will attend a pricey fundraiser in Birmingham as part of her visit. Another source confirmed knowledge of the pending visit but said plans had not yet been finalized.

It is not yet clear whether Clinton will make a public appearance.

Michigan voters haven’t backed a Republican for president since 1988, but the state is getting plenty of attention in the early days of this year’s general election. Trump has vowed to visit the state, while Clinton has made a crusade of highlighting and condemning Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis, including a mention in her nomination acceptance speech last week in Philadelphia.

Trump is set to deliver what his campaign calls a “major speech” Monday at the Detroit Economic Club. He was near the Michigan border a week ago when he staged a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, and discussed with the Detroit News his trade plans and a possible tariff on Ford Motor Co. cars made in Mexico.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence last Thursday visited Grand Rapids and Novi.

Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak about jobs and the economy Friday as he opens a Clinton campaign field office in Grand Rapids. Figure skater Michelle Kwan is expected in Metro Detroit on Wednesday to raise money for Clinton, according to her campaign website.

A Detroit News-WDIV poll of statewide voters conducted July 30-Aug. 1 showed showed Clinton leading Trump 41 percent to 32 percent in a four-candidate field including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Clinton’s Wednesday visit will mark her fourth trip to Michigan during the 2016 campaign season, and the first since last week’s nominating convention. Her last visit to the Great Lakes State was a three-day campaign swing before the March 8 primary that she narrowly lost to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

She participated in a debate with Sanders in Flint two days before the primary election and made stops in Detroit, including a stop at a waffles and chicken restaurant along Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion and a town hall event at the Gem Theatre with Fox News the day before the primary.

She held a Jan. 12 fundraiser in Detroit that featured singer Michael Bolton.

The former secretary of state also attended a July 2015 fundraiser at the Grosse Pointe home of Democratic political strategist Jill Alper and her husband, David Katz. She made a stop at Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit’s Old Redford area before the fundraiser.