When it comes to identifying a state politically, the shorthand is often “red state” for Republican or “blue state” for Democratic.
But Michigan’s shade is a bit more nuanced.
Several political experts agree: Michigan is a purple state. Though how much red and blue is in that purple is evolving.
For years, Michigan has tended to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate and the presidency, but it’s picked Republicans for statewide office.