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ICYMI: RNC Chair Admits 2018 Election of Democratic Governor Makes Michigan Harder for Trump to Win in 2020
In case you missed it, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel admitted in an interview with MLive that Michigan will tougher for President Trump to hold onto in 2020 after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s resounding victory in 2018.
Citing both the election of a Democratic governor and the passage of a ballot initiative allowing voters to register on Election Day, McDaniel ceded that Michigan is going to be “a more difficult state” to win in 2020 than it was in 2016.
Read excerpts from the article below:
MLive: “Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said it will be tougher for President Donald Trump to win Michigan during his re-election campaign.
Trump became the first Republican presidential nominee to claim Michigan since 1988, winning by 10,704 votes, but Michigan veered back toward blue candidates during the 2018 midterms. During a Monday conversation hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, McDaniel said Michigan is “absolutely” a swing state but winning could be harder this time.
In 2018, Democrats elected a slate of Democrats to statewide offices, protected U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s seat and flipped two House districts. More than a year before the 2020 election, Trump and Democratic presidential hopefuls began holding campaign stops in Michigan, while Republicans recruited Detroit-area businessman John James to challenge U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township.
McDaniel said Michigan will be tougher to win due to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the passage of a ballot initiative allowing voters to register on Election Day. Whitmer promised to “roll out the red carpet” for Democratic presidential hopefuls and attended campaign events in the state.
“Michigan is going to be competitive, it’s going to be harder,” McDaniel said. “You did same-day registration and you have a Democrat governor. It’s going to be a more difficult state, but we’re up for the challenge and I think we’re going to win Michigan.”