Democrats Have an Uphill Climb to Win Back Michigan From Trump

July 29, 2019

Bloomberg

David Welch and Tyler Pager 

Democrats say they’ve got lots of answers for Michigan’s woes — automotive and agriculture sectors suffering from the trade war, racial economic inequalities, and a lack of affordable health care. But they face a skeptical audience when they arrive for this week’s debates.

Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the first Democratic presidential candidate to lose the state in 28 years, by a slim 11,000 votes. The party seems to understand it can’t take Michigan for granted this time around.

State and local officials want the candidates to know that they need to not just show up, but to show up with a clear message on key working-class issues like health care, trade and jobs. Even with the U.S. economy growing, plant closings in Michigan and Ohio have many factory workers on edge.

Unemployment is 8.8% in Detroit, double the state’s average, and there’s a strong sense that prosperity is concentrated in seven miles near downtown, among white-collar workers at big employers like GM and Quicken Loans Inc., Grossmann said. Democrats will try to exploit that disparity and get the city’s voters to come out for them.

A recent poll from the Detroit Regional Chamber found that 51% of likely Michigan voters think the national economy is on the right track and 62% believe the state economy is on the right track. But the poll showed a stark racial and gender divide. Some 62% of women and 83% of black voters said they believe the national economy is on the wrong track.

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Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs on Democratic Primary for 14th Congressional District

DETROIT, August 8, 2012 – Today, Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Brad Williams issued the following statement on the result of the Democratic primary election in the 14th Congressional District:

“Congressman Peters earned a hard fought victory that speaks to our confidence in his ability to represent our region and state. With his track record of supporting good public policy, the Chamber believes he will continue to work on common-sense solutions that make Southeast Michigan more economically competitive and improve our quality of life.

In applauding Congressman Peters’ victory, we want to recognize Congressman Clarke for his service to our community. He has been a relentless advocate for Detroit whose leadership and vision have been critical to moving our city and region forward during some difficult times. Unfortunately, in this case redistricting, pitted two well respected incumbents against each other.  We regret losing Congressman Clarke as a voice in Washington, but look forward to working with him to advance our region in the future.”

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs on Democratic Primary for 14th Congressional District

DETROIT, August 8, 2012 – Today, Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Brad Williams issued the following statement on the result of the Democratic primary election in the 14th Congressional District:

“Congressman Peters earned a hard fought victory that speaks to our confidence in his ability to represent our region and state. With his track record of supporting good public policy, the Chamber believes he will continue to work on common-sense solutions that make Southeast Michigan more economically competitive and improve our quality of life.

In applauding Congressman Peters’ victory, we want to recognize Congressman Clarke for his service to our community. He has been a relentless advocate for Detroit whose leadership and vision have been critical to moving our city and region forward during some difficult times. Unfortunately, in this case redistricting, pitted two well respected incumbents against each other.  We regret losing Congressman Clarke as a voice in Washington, but look forward to working with him to advance our region in the future.”

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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