Candidates make final pleas for votes hours before polls open in Michigan

‘This election could be decided by a few thousand votes’

DEARBORN, Mich. – The countdown is on until Election Day as candidates make their final pleas for votes hours before polls open in Michigan.

As voters across Metro Detroit dropped off absentee ballots ahead of Tuesday (Nov. 8), the top of the ticket rolled through the state to make its final push with voters.

“It’s so amazing to be home and to be spending this with all of you,” said Tudor Dixon to a crowd in Grand Rapids, where she held her final rally. “I’m going to ask you one question, ‘Are you ready to take this state back?’”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer returned to Michigan State University, her alma mater, in East Lansing for her final push.

“This election could be decided by a few thousand votes that can be made up just on this campus alone, so I love you, Spartans, let’s get it done,” said Whitmer.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Twitter that over two million absentee ballots had been requested for this midterm. That’s a record for a midterm.

What the ballot box turnout looks like on Tuesday is something pollster Richard Czuba will be watching closely. He said he would also be monitoring Southern Macomb.

“Southern Macomb, I want to see the margins democrats get out of Oakland county, and frankly, I am fascinated with what is happening over in Kent county,” said Czuba. “This is not John Engler’s Kent County anymore. This county may go Democratic tomorrow night.”

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Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.