After winning Michigan in 2016, Sanders returns to campaign here Saturday

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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to stop in Michigan over the weekend, a critical state he won in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

Sanders’ campaign announced on Monday that the self-described democratic socialist will hold a Saturday evening rally at Macomb Community College in Warren. It’s part of a weekend trip through the battleground Midwest that also includes planned rallies in Madison, Wisc., and Pittsburgh.

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“The tour will emphasize that Democrats’ clearest and strongest path to victory in 2020 runs through the upper Midwest — and that Bernie Sanders is by far the best-positioned candidate to win these states and defeat Donald Trump,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement.

“At rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — three states that flipped and voted for Donald Trump in 2016 — Sanders will deliver a message focused on fighting against unfair trade deals that undermine workers wages and enrich CEOs, rebuilding and strengthening unions and guaranteeing health care as a right to all with Medicare for All.”

The college has been a stop for politicians in the past. Now-President Donald Trump held a rally there before his March 2016 GOP primary victory. Former President Barack Obama pitched his free community college plan here in 2015 along with then-second lady Jill Biden, wife of likely 2020 presidential contender former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Details on Sanders’ Warren rally are available here.

Sanders narrowly won Michigan’s 2016 Democratic primary, beating eventual nominee Hillary Clinton by about 20,000 votes.

With the planned Michigan rally, Sanders will be the latest candidate to swing through Michigan in recent weeks. The state — along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — is seen as one of just a few battlegrounds in the 2020 election by the Cook Political Report.

Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign in Grand Rapids at the end of March. Democratic candidates like former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have made stops, as well.

Nick Manes
Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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