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Trump Holds Midnight Rally In Michigan As Polls Tighten (Video)

| by Ray Brown

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a last-minute midnight rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to make one final pitch to voters before they cast their ballots (video below).

"We're hours away from a once in a lifetime change," Trump told the crowd, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We're going to bring back the automobile industry bigger and better and stronger than ever before."

Trump has spent much of his campaign talking about economic reform, a message that resonates in states where manufacturing jobs have been decimated in recent years.

Speaking to the Grand Rapids crowd, Trump said he would push for policies that prevent U.S. auto companies from moving jobs overseas by placing a tariff on vehicles manufactured abroad and promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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And in what was like a summary of his entire campaign platform, Trump also promised to cut taxes, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

“Today is our Independence Day, the day the American working class is going to strike back, finally,” Trump said, according to The New York Times.

"This is awesome," said Trump supporter Patrick Carbone, a nursing aide from Jenison, Michigan, reported the Detroit Free Press. "I think it's going to be a blowout."

But in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a slight edge over Trump.

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According to Real Clear Politics polling averages, Clinton has a 3.6 percent lead in the state, which is worth 16 electoral college votes. But Trump has also seen a rise in the polls in recent weeks after being behind by 12 points as recently as Oct. 18.

Trump also might have hope in Michigan because Clinton lost the state's Democratic primary to Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in March by 1.5 percent, even after polls showed her with a 21 percent advantage, according to FiveThirtyEight.

That loss was in large part because of the high number of independent voters who participated in the primary.

Sources: Real Clear Politics, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, FiveThirtyEight / Photo credit: Right Side Broadcasting/YouTube

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