President Barack Obama to visit Ann Arbor to campaign for Clinton Monday

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President Obama speaks in Michigan at a Wayne Ford Motor plant January 7, 2015.

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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor Monday to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the campaign announced Saturday evening.

According to the campaign’s website, the public event will last from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, and will be held at the Ray L. Fisher stadium, at 1114 S. State St. The president is slated to speak around 11 a.m.

The visit, which comes one day before the general election, will be part of a statewide push from the campaign, with Hillary Clinton hosting a Monday event in Grand Rapids and Bill Clinton hosting a Sunday event in Lansing. 

The Ann Arbor visit will be Obama’s fourth to the city during his time in office. It is also the third recent event on campus from a top Clinton surrogate — both Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have visited in past months in a bid, emphasizing the need for student turnout on Election Day.



 
A Republican has not won Michigan in a presidential election since 1988, though Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested several times during the campaign that he would like to flip Michigan. Over the past several months, Clinton has held a notable lead over Trump according to aggregates of statewide polls. However, in the past few weeks, several polls have shown her lead decrease. According to the most recent aggregate of polls from Real Clear Politics, she holds a 5 point lead in the state.

On the University of Michigan’s campus, according to the most recent Michigan Daily poll of a sample of students, Clinton is favored by more than 60 points at 70.3 percent to Trump’s 9.1 percent.

At this stage in the campaign, Michigan is unique among many other states because it does not permit early voting aside from absentee ballots, meaning most state residents have yet to cast their votes.

Along with Democrats, Republicans have similarly had a frequent presence in Michigan in the leadup to Tuesday. Trump will speak on Sunday in Sterling Heights, and Indiana governor Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is also slated to be in the state Monday for a speech in Traverse City. 

This is a developing story — stay with michigandaily.com for updates.