Pence hitting Holland Saturday as Mich. blitz continues

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is expected to campaign in Michigan on Saturday, his third trip to the emerging battleground state in as many days.

The Indiana governor will rally supporters at the Park Theatre in Holland at 9:30 a.m., according to a public schedule posted by the Donald Trump campaign. Public tickets are available online.

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won Michigan since 1988, but Trump is heavily targeting the state with just days before the Nov. 8 eleciton. Democrat Hillary Clinton is expected in Detroit on Friday evening.

Pence spoke in Portage on Thursday before traveling to Pennsylvania. He returned to Michigan for a Friday morning rally in Lansing and was scheduled to continue his day in North Carolina and Florida.

“We’ll be back in Michigan soon, I promise you,” Pence joked Thursday evening in Portage, knowing he was set to return the following morning.

Clinton is expected to use her Friday evening appearance in Detroit to urge voter turnout in the majority African-American city. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, met with Detroit pastors and other community leaders earlier this week.

It’s not yet clear if Trump will return to Michigan in the final days of the election, but both campaigns are expected to deploy a steady stream of surrogates over the weekend.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to stump for Trump in northern Michigan on Sunday. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon is scheduled to campaign for Clinton on Saturday in Metro Detroit.

joosting@detroitnews.com