President Donald Trump is seeking to recreate some of the magic from 2016 by making a final campaign stop of the election in Grand Rapids, Mich., the same battleground where he closed his successful campaign four years ago.
“This was our final night prior to a very, very big victory,” Trump reminded the raucous crowd just after midnight. “We’re going to have another beautiful victory tomorrow.”
Back on Nov. 8, 2016, after taking the stage at 12:30 a.m., a tired-sounding Trump spoke for only 34 minutes and urged his backers to turn out the vote. In the years since, he has frequently credited that rally with his narrow victory in the state, part of the so-called “blue wall” that came tumbling down around Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump, hosting his fifth rally of the day, was joined on stage Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been crisscrossing the country in the final weeks for the campaign. Democrat nominee Joe Biden has a single digit lead in Michigan, according to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls in the state.
After a whirlwind, two-day campaign swing, Trump is set to return to Washington early Tuesday morning, visit his re-election headquarters in suburban Arlington, Va., and then head to the White House.
“I kept saying, we have to finish off here,” Trump told his supporters, predicting another upset win. “We can be a little bit superstitious, right?”
SOURCE: USA Today — David Jackson, Courtney Subramanian and John Fritze