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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:14 PM

Can Democrats win back the Michigan House after a decade?

During a presidential election year, most of the attention is on the top of the ticket and top-tier congressional races. But control of Michiganís House of Representatives is also at stake on Nov. 3.

Republicans currently hold a 58-51 voting advantage and have targeted several Democratic districts in areas where President Donald Trump is popular. One seat is vacant, which was held by the late Rep. Isaac Robinson, a Detroit Democrat who died of a suspected COVID-19 infection in March.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson noted that more than 1.5 million absentee ballots had already been cast. Dennis Darnoi, a Republican consultant who tracks voter data, said the Republican House candidates throughout the state will be helped by Trumpís visit to Lansing on Tuesday and he expects other GOP surrogate campaign stops by both parties leading up to Election Day. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made several visits to Michigan and his vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), is scheduled to visit Detroit on Sunday.

Darnoi believes that more Republicans than Democrats will cast their ballot in person on Nov. 3.


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