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Hillary Clinton makes a stop at Detroit's Eastern Market

Hillary Clinton speaking at Detroit's Eastern Market.
Cheyna Roth
Hillary Clinton speaking at Detroit's Eastern Market.

Hillary Clinton was back in Michigan today. The Democratic presidential nominee made a stop at Detroit’s Eastern Market for a rally.

Clinton was greeted by thousands of spectators and several times she encouraged them to vote and even take a friend when they go to the polls.

People kept coming into the venue even after Clinton started. Clinton clearly tried to woo Detroit’s large African American population. She referenced rival Donald Trump’s lawsuit for housing discrimination and his past characterization of black life in Detroit.

“He has no idea about the strength of the black church and the vibrancy of black-owned businesses and the excellence of historically black colleges and universities,” she said.

During her speech, Clinton also touched on Detroit’s auto industry legacy. Clinton said she was proud that President Obama saved the auto industry.

“And I’m even prouder that because of the hard work of people in Detroit and across Michigan and the Midwest, the U.S. auto industry just had its best year ever,” said Clinton.

Michigan hasn’t gone to a Republican presidential candidate since the 1980s and Hillary Clinton is trying hard to keep it that way.

Julie Baldwin waited in line decked out in Clinton buttons, and she has been to several Clinton rallies. Baldwin says she’s been a Clinton supporter since 2008 when she first ran for president.

“I love her - all of her views on women’s rights. For never backing down against her haters and her competitors. For standing up for what she believes in,” said Baldwin.

Clinton speaking at Detroit's Eastern Market.
Credit Cheyna Roth / MPRN
Clinton speaking at Detroit's Eastern Market.

People lined up hours in advance to see the Democratic presidential candidate speak, but not all of them were there to support her.

Detroit resident Michael Miller says he supports the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but he wasn’t there to protest, just to see what was going on.

“I think it’s time for a new day,” said Miller. “And you know stop believing what the media say that nobody’s voting for Trump, blacks not voting for Trump. There’s a lot of people voting for Trump, but they scared to come out and say it.”

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence has made several stops in Michigan over the last couple days. He is expected to be back in Michigan for the third time Saturday. 

With just a few days before the election, the major party candidates have grown closer in the polls, with Clinton still maintaining a lead over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The candidates from both major parties and their surrogates have been flocking to Michigan recently. 

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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