Chelsea Clinton headed to Michigan after first debate

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is dispatching her daughter, Chelsea, to campaign for votes in Traverse City, where a reliable bloc of Democratic voters live in what’s otherwise a region of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula dominated by Republican politics.

The Clinton campaign announced the visit Monday afternoon, just hours before Hillary Clinton is set to debate Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Chelsea Clinton was in Michigan last Thursday and Friday, attending campaign events in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Flint.

Her father, former President Bill Clinton, will campaign in Toledo on Tuesday as Hillary Clinton and her top surrogates fan out into battleground states after Monday night’s first presidential debate to push voter registration efforts and early absentee voting.

Anne Holton, wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, will campaign in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids during a two-day swing through Michigan that starts Tuesday.

The Clinton campaign on Monday did not release details of Chelsea Clinton’s trip to Traverse City.

Grand Traverse County as a whole leans Republican in general elections.

In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney won 55 percent of the vote, while incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama took 43 percent.

But in 2008, the results were much more competitive, with Arizona Sen. John McCain defeating Obama by just under 3 percentage points.

Trump has campaigned in Michigan four times in the two months since the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Hillary Clinton has been back to Michigan once since formally accepting the Democrat Party’s nomination in late July. She gave a speech on the economy and Trump’s tax plans on Aug. 11 in Warren.

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