Gretchen Whitmer: Presidential Race Is ‘Going To Be Close’ In Michigan
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 21: Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer seen prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on January 21, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during an interview over the weekend that despite what polling may show right now, this fall’s upcoming presidential election will be “close” in the state.

Whitmer made the remarks during a Sunday interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” when pressed about President Joe Biden’s weakness in polling numbers.

“I think everyone should always focus on Michigan,” she said. “It’s always going to be close in this state. Even though we did something that hadn’t been done in 40 years by flipping the House and the Senate and all Democratic controlled at the moment. It’s- the work is never done. You cannot make any assumptions about what the next election is going to bring, based on the last one in a state like this. You got to show up. You got to do the work and show people that you really care about them.”

Whitmer said that her state was a purple state and that it was “absolutely” up for grabs in 2024.

Brennan then pressed Whitmer about polling that showed that voters overwhelmingly believe that former President Donald Trump would be better for the U.S. economy than Biden.

Whitmer said that she believes that there are several indicators that the U.S. economy is moving the right direction but acknowledged that the cost of living was still way too high and that not enough young people are able to buy homes.

Whitmer criticized Biden for the crisis on the U.S. southern border, saying that it’s “an emergency and it’s not been working for a long, long time.”

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