Candidates for governor make final push for votes

Elections

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The final day of campaigning in the race for governor found the Democratic and Republican candidates pushing for every last vote.

Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic nominee, started her morning in Grand Rapids, while Republican Bill Schuette was in mid-Michigan.

Rallying supporters at the Creston Brewery on Plainfield Avenue NE Monday, Whitmer reminded them of the last two years.

“I just want to make sure people understand who the governor is matters from the moment you turn on the tap water in the morning to the schools your kids attend to the roads you drive to get to work,” she said. “This is all about turnout now and everyone’s got to remember everything we’ve felt over the course of the last two years. We have an opportunity to be the change we want to see and that’s tomorrow on Election Day.”

Schuette, currently the state’s attorney general, remained optimistic though polling suggests he is trailing. Citing previous campaigns, he predicted a close race with him coming out the victor.

“We’re going to win this race. It’s going to be very much like the (Gov. John) Engler victory in the 1990s (by) 17,000 votes to the Trump victory in 2016, somewhere in between,” he said. “I can’t tell you how good I feel about things. And we’re working hard and we have an outstanding lieutenant governor, a great ticket and a great team, and so I’m looking forward to winning.”

Turnout will be key, and early indications are that there should be a big showing at the polls.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can find your polling place and check your sample ballot on the Michigan Secretary of State’s website.

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