Former President Barack Obama joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Democrats for a Get Out the Vote rally in Detroit, to organize, volunteer and cast ballots before the November elections.
During the event, which was attended by some 3,000 people, Whitmer highlighted the stakes in the race as abortion access, voting rights and public education are under threat in Michigan.
She spoke about her work to build a stronger Michigan by reducing costs for working families, building resilient infrastructure while supporting tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, and strengthening Michigan’s economy by working with Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature to secure 30,000 well-paying auto jobs. – including the first new auto plant in Detroit in nearly 30 years.
Whitmer and Gilchrist have campaigned across Michigan for the past two weeks on what they call the “Getting Things Done” road trip. The only Upper Peninsula stop on this trip so far was last weekend in Marquette and Chatham.
Obama’s appearance comes a month after former President Donald Trump campaigned in metro Detroit for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon. Election day is November 8 and polls show Whitmer’s lead, once 17 points, has shrunk to just a few points.