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.
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.