GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In exactly three days, the nightmare will be over for about half the country and just beginning for the other half. And Michigan will be the final battleground for this most perplexing of elections as now no one seems able to say which way the state will go.
So the top players from each side are hitting Michigan hard with virtually every major player coming to the state Sunday and Monday. And both candidates will be in Grand Rapids on the last day of the election.
Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence will be at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City at 1 p.m. and Ivanka Trump is slated to be at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center speaking to a women’s business group in an event closed to the public and then will make a public appearance around 11 a.m.
The flurry of activity shows just how big a player Michigan has become in this race that polls show are too close to call.
Michigan has been a reliably Democratic state in the last several presidential races and only in the last few days has polling showed that Trump is closing the gap with his Democratic rival.
“They’re seeing a possibility for both candidates to get to 270 electoral college votes and one of the roads to that victory now runs through Michigan,” said Erika King, a Grand Valley State University political science professor.
King says polls are not as reliable as they used to be due to a variety of reasons.
“There are problems with polls, people refusing to answer the polls is one of the biggest problems, identifying who is likely to vote is another problem,” King said
But it is clear that the politicians believe Michigan is in play.
“They are looking at their own internal polling and it’s telling them Michigan is a place where each side has a potential to mine more votes,” she said.
With the time change, there will be even one more hour to a campaign many feel can’t end soon enough.
And it could be a late night in Michigan Tuesday as the votes are counted in race that no one is ready to call with 72 hours left.