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Candidates making final push before election next week

Oct 30, 2014

Candidates have just a few more days to convince people to show up to the polls next week and vote for them. That means campaigns are beginning their final push.

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer greets auto workers in Lansing on Thursday to kick off a statewide campaign tour ahead of next Tuesday’s election.
Credit Jake Neher / MPRN

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer is embarking on a statewide campaign tour. He kicked it off by greeting auto workers in Lansing as they got off their shift.  

Schauer says he is confident in his chances, especially after recent reports show strong numbers in his favor with absentee voters who have already cast their ballots.

“That shows the momentum,” said Schauer. “And I’m going to talk to voters in every corner of the state over the next five days and make sure we turn people out.”

Schauer did not get a single endorsement from major Michigan newspapers. But the former congressman says that does not worry him.

“Newspaper endorsements don’t vote. People vote. I think, look, people have figured out where they are in this race, they’re not going to be swayed by a newspaper endorsement.”

President Barack Obama will try to give Schauer and democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters a boost with the party’s base when he visits Detroit on Saturday.  

The same day, Republicans will launch a statewide bus tour to fire up supporters. That tour will include a visit by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.