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Presidential campaigns looking down the ballot in Michigan

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Michigan Radio

There’s little more than two weeks left before the November 8 election.

Recent polls have shown Democrat Hillary Clinton holding a double-digit lead in Michigan.

Stephen Neuman is the senior adviser for the Michigan coordinated campaign. 

He says they are now looking to use those poll numbers to help Democrats down the ballot.

“We are working to include targeted House races, both targeted state House and congressional races, on the various scripts we use both on the phones and at the doors,” says Neuman.

Trump campaign officials say they are also working to get their party’s nominees down the ballot elected. 

Scott Hagerstrom is the state director of the Trump campaign. He says he’s not concerned about Donald Trump’s poor poll numbers in Michigan.

“Mr. Trump has outperformed the polls throughout the year all across the country,” says Hagerstrom.

Hagerstrom questions whether Clinton campaign officials are really turning their focus down the ballot. 

He suggests Democrats are worried about Michigan. Clinton also had a double-digit lead in the polls going into Michigan’s presidential primary. She ended up losing Michigan’s Democratic primary to Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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