Trump announces Michigan stop in same week that Biden returns

    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on stage during a campaign rally at the Target Center on October 10, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

    President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Michigan this week since an Ypsilanti event in May, announcing that he will campaign in Freeland in Saginaw County.

    Trump’s stop is scheduled for Thursday, one day after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will stump in Michigan on Wednesday. Biden’s campaign hasn’t released details of the event yet. His last campaign stop here was in Detroit on March 9, the day before he won the Michigan Democratic primary. The Democrat has not done much in-person campaigning due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Trump has been back on the trail for months.

    The Republican is slated to appear at 7 p.m. at Avflight Saginaw.

    Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and the state is considered to be key in the 2020 race. Biden has a 7-point lead in the Michigan polling average, per FiveThirtyEight.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.