Trump returning to Michigan Monday

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Donald Trump is headed back to Michigan on Monday for two rallies in Grand Rapids and Warren, signaling that the Trump campaign believes the Great Lakes State could still be in play against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Republican presidential candidate will hold a noon rally at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids and then head to Warren for a 3 p.m. rally at Macomb Community College's Expo Sports and Center. For the Grand Rapids rally, doors open at 9 a.m. Doors open at noon for the Warren rally in MCC's Building P off of East 12 Mile Road.

“Our numbers show this race being a dead heat with Hillary really hitting a ceiling in the state,” a senior Trump campaign adviser told The Detroit News Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Trump hasn’t campaigned in Michigan in four weeks since he made a three-city swing through the state on Sept. 30 to raise money from GOP donors in Grand Rapids and Detroit and hold a large rally at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

In the weeks that followed, public opinion polls showed Clinton widening her lead over Trump after the second and third presidential debates and revelations of Trump being caught on tape in 2005 describing his sexually aggressive behavior toward women.

The Trump adviser said the campaign made the decision to return to Michigan before news broke Friday that the FBI is investigating whether there was classified information in newly unearthed emails related to its probe of Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state.

“We made all of these decisions prior to today’s news,” the adviser said. “Trump is changing the map and you’re seeing states like Iowa and Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania that haven’t been in play in some time.”

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won Michigan since 1988, when then-Vice President George H.W. Bush prevailed over Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Details of Trump’s Monday rallies are expected to be announced over the weekend.

After the stream of presidential candidates and high-profile surrogates seemed to slow down in recent weeks, the race has suddenly reignited this weekend in Michigan.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is planning to attend two rallies Sunday in Metro Detroit with members of labor unions, a bloc of voters Trump has targeted with his ardent opposition to existing international trade agreements.

On Sunday, Kaine will speak at a 4 p.m. rally at the United Auto Workers Region 1A union hall on South Telegraph in Taylor. Doors open at 2:50 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Kaine is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a rally organized by the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights at the union’s hall on Mound Road in Warren. Because of space constraints, that event is not open to the public, according to the Clinton campaign.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson held a rally Friday night at Cobo Center in Detroit, seizing on the new revelations about the FBI’s decision to investigate new emails as part of its probe of the Clinton email server.

Chelsea Clinton plans to campaign Saturday in Muskegon and Battle Creek for her mom.

Dr. Ben Carson, a Detroit native and former Republican presidential candidate, will make three stops for Trump on Saturday.

Carson is scheduled to visit a Trump and Republican Party campaign office on Seven Mile Road in Livonia at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The retired neurosurgeon is then headed to East Lansing to greet Trump supporters at 10:45 a.m. in the tailgating lot outside of Spartan Stadium before the Michigan State University and University of Michigan football game.

Carson will finish the day at the Trump campaign’s Grand Rapids field office on Plainfield Avenue, according to a media advisory.

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