President Donald Trump came to Lansing to hold a “Victory Rally” in front of thousands of supporters. One of those supporters was Justin Edelen. Justin drove from southern Indiana and camped out at 11 p.m. the night before to grab his spot in line to see the President. Along his way, he found support from those in line around him, and the comradery of his new community.
For decades, Michigan was a Democratic stronghold. George H.W. Bush won Michigan in 1988, and that was the last time a Republican won the state. That is until President Trump won much of the Midwest in 2016. He was able to make a new coalition of states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. To keep that coalition strong this time around, Trump is campaigning hard Michigan and other bue-collar Midwestern states.
On this edition of Focal Point, Vice President Mike Pence rallies in Grand Rapids while local candidates adjust to campaigning during a pandemic. Local businesses also adapt to stay open. We visit a cider mill, a local bar, and the East Lansing Farmer’s Market to see how they are opening safely. One East Lansing bookstore is still in business because of support from the community. All those stories and more on Focal Point.
EAST LANSING – People of every age, race and walk of life huddled together in the cold outside of Jack Breslin Student Event Center at Michigan State University on Wednesday. They had been queuing up since noon to see Bernie Sanders speak live there at 7 p.m.
Among them was Phillip Lamoureux, who paced up and down along the line, holding small pamphlets he created himself that detailed how a college student could obtain an absentee ballot before the Michigan presidential primary on March 8. “I’m out here trying to make sure that people get to vote for whoever they are voting for,” said Lansing resident Lamoureux. “If there’s ever a vote where they say that every vote counts, this one counts more in a sense. There’s a reason; it’s called proportional voting.