Hillary Clinton returns to Michigan as lead dissolves

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Eastern Market in Detroit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Eastern Market in Detroit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


DETROIT (AP/WOOD) — Hillary Clinton rallied in Detroit Friday, as she rushes to secure Michigan and bolster the Democratic Party’s blue wall of upper Midwestern states that have backed the party’s presidential nominee for two decades.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Eastern Market in Detroit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Eastern Market in Detroit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton is sending in reinforcements as Donald Trump aims to upend her path to a winning 270 electoral votes.

She focused on Detroit Friday, where a large turnout of black voters has long been crucial to success. Former President Bill Clinton met with black ministers there on Wednesday night.

Clinton’s campaign notes both Michigan and Pennsylvania do not have in-person early voting, requiring them to intensify turnout efforts in the days leading up to the election.

But it shows some concerns by Democrats that Trump could break through there.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are virtually tied in Michigan, according to an EPIC-MRA poll released Friday that was commissioned by the Detroit Free Press.

Among those surveyed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 42 percent said they sided with Clinton and 38 percent went with Trump, making the race a tie when you factor in the 4 percent margin of error.

Real Clear Politics switched Michigan to a “toss up” state shortly after Friday’s poll was released, leaving 166 Electoral College votes up for grabs. Clinton currently holds 208  votes to Trump’s 164 votes. The candidate who captures at least 270 Electoral College wins the White House.