President Donald Trump trails in Michigan polls and recently pulled his ad spending in the state temporarily.
But Republicans still hope to capture Michigan, as they did in 2016.
"The president is all in on Michigan," said National Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, according to Beth LeBlanc of The Detroit News. "The RNC is all in on Michigan. The difference is now Democrats know they can’t take Michigan for granted.”
A survey earlier this month by EPIC-MRA of Lansing showed Democratic nominee Joe Biden up 11 percentage points in Michigan, with a 51-40 lead over Trump, with 3 percent for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen and 6 percent undecided.
McDaniel helped deliver a victory for Trump in 2016 as state party chair. Trump subsequently made her national chair. This year, a lot of the responsibility will fall on state GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox.
"The president is always best when he speaks directly to the American people," Cox said. "While we have the hurdle of not being able to hold rallies right now with our governor we absolutely aren’t going to let that get in the way.”
Because of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Covid restrictions, McDaniel said Trump plans to speak before gatherings they'll refer to as "peaceful protests."