Michigan, with a population of approximately 10 million has 8 million registered voters and 16 electoral votes. Michigan voters elected republican presidents from 1972 to 1988 and then voted democratic from 1992 to 2012. In 2016 Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 0.2% (11,000 votes). However, in 2018, a blue wave swept the state electing a democratic governor, flipped the Michigan House and narrowed the margin in the Senate.
The energized Michigan voters have so far requested more than double the mail-in ballots they did during the entire 2016 general election. State statistics indicate that as of October 16, 1.4 million mail-in ballots have been returned. Senior citizens have the highest return rate at 63%. Young adults, age 18 to 24, have the lowest mail ballot return rate at 30%.
Michigan is a crucial swing state. Especially important are the Presidential and Senate races. Recent polls (FiveThirtyEight) indicate Biden leading Trump. However, it should be noted that the 2016 polls showed Hillary leading Trump in Michigan, but the results turned out to be different. The difference here being that Hillary did not cross the 50-percent support mark while Biden is consistently doing that. The senatorial race between incumbent democrat Gary Peters and republican John James has been neck-and-neck. Both parties recognize the significance of this seat which is essential to ascertain a Senate majority.
With 15 days left, it is important to maintain the momentum going for a blue wave. We all need to keep volunteering, donating, participating actively in the election process and encouraging people, especially young adults, to vote.