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Donald Trump holds Halloween rallies in Michigan

Trump supporter Laurie Sanger came to the Grand Rapids Trump event dressed as Hillary Clinton.
Cheyna Roth
Trump supporter Laurie Sanger came to the Grand Rapids Trump event dressed as Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump spent part of his Halloween in Michigan. The Republican presidential candidate held rallies in Grand Rapids and the battleground area of Macomb County.

While recent polls still show Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a lead in Michigan, support and enthusiasm were high at the rally. Laurie Sanger got into the Halloween spirit by coming to the rally in costume. She wore an orange “jumpsuit” with Clinton’s name on the back and handcuffs on her wrist.

“I expected more Hillarys here,” Sanger said. “I didn’t know I’d be the only one.”

A popular chant at Trump’s rallies is “Lock her up!” referring to Hillary Clinton.

Eighteen-year-old Spencer Phillips was in line early in Grand Rapids to see Trump. Spencer says his first presidential vote will be for Trump.

“I’ve always been into politics as a kid because my dad was in politics,” he said. “I almost always enjoy just arguing politics with kids at school who are almost ignorant with politics that don’t know much so it’s always been kind of a passion.”

Spencer’s 16-year-old brother Leo went to the rally too. Leo says the election is “kinda messed up” but wanted to see a part of history.

Michigan has gone to the Democratic presidential candidate since 1988. But Trump has been trying to take Michigan, along with other parts of the industrial Midwest like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

This was his fifth visit to Michigan. 

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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