Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign team opened an office in Detroit on Tuesday, Dec. 10. She is the first Democratic candidate to open a campaign office in Michigan. 

This comes after President Donald Trump announced that he would be making a campaign stop in Battle Creek, MI in December.

Due to its history of “swinging” between Democrat and Republican, Michigan is considered to be a crucial and highly contested state for the 2020 election.

In the 2016 presidential election, Michigan went red and voted for Trump. In the 2018 midterm elections, the state went blue, electing Debbie Stabenow to the U.S. Senate and Gretchen Whitmer to be governor. 

Camille Mancuso, a Public Policy junior and member of Students for Warren at the University of Michigan, sees Warren’s opening of a Michigan campaign office as a positive sign for her likelihood of success in the state’s primary a week after Super Tuesday, on March 10.

“There is strong grassroots support for Warren all throughout Michigan, so it’s great to see the campaign empowering volunteers and investing in Michigan communities,” Mancuso said. “Michigan will be a crucial state for both the primary and general election, so building the energy around the Warren campaign early on is a great step to victory.”

According to Mike McCollum, Warren’s Michigan campaign director, Warren has been able to effectively gather resources and consolidate support in the state of Michigan over the last several months, which has culminated in the opening of a Detroit office.

“We’re building a grassroots movement for big, structural change everywhere — and that includes in Michigan,” McCollum wrote in a statement to The Daily. “Since announcing her campaign, Elizabeth has visited Lansing and Detroit to talk to Michiganders and share her vision of an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. The campaign has over a dozen staffers and organizers on the ground already and will be opening offices across the state, including our newly opened Detroit office.”

The Michigan presidential primary will be March 10, 2020.

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