Sanders, Kasich to hold Mich. rallies Monday

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Michigan will host two presidential candidates starting Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Sanders plans to hold two rallies Monday during his first presidential campaign trip to Michigan in his battle for the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On the Republican side, Kasich will make another swing through the state Monday and Tuesday.

Sanders’ first rally Monday afternoon at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Hall on North Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti is open to the public, though the campaign is taking reservations online.

The Sanders campaign announced late Sunday it is adding a second rally Monday evening at the United Auto Workers Local 600 union hall on Dix Avenue in Dearborn. But that event is invitation only, according to the Sanders campaign.

After winning Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Sanders has been ramping up his campaign efforts in Michigan ahead of the state’s March 8 primary in a bid to stretch out the race for the Democratic nomination with Clinton, who was once the presumptive frontrunner.

Clinton also is dedicating more time and energy to winning Michigan, speaking at a Flint church Feb. 7, opening campaign offices and deploying her daughter to Flint and Detroit on Feb. 11.

Kasich will start his effort to drum up voters in the March 8 GOP primary at a 10 a.m. town hall campaign event at Grand Valley State University in Allendale with former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland.

The two-term governor, whose campaign has been buoyed by a second-place finish behind businessman Donald Trump in the the New Hampshire GOP primary, will hold a 3:30 p.m. rally at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

The Kasich campaign then plans to hunt for Republican votes in Utica with a town hall event at the Macomb County Republican Party headquarters.

On Tuesday, Kasich will end his two-day campaign swing with a 10 a.m. town hall event at a Republican Party field office in Livonia.

Heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Kasich is competing in a narrowed GOP primary field that includes Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a native of Detroit.

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