It took nearly 16 hours to determine but Michigan is with Donald Trump.
Trump has won a hard fought battle for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.
Just after 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson released the final popular vote totals.
In the presidential race Donald Trump received 2,277,586 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 2,264,361.
Trump recorded a razor-thin margin in the 83 county total: 47.60 percent to Clinton’s 47.33 percent.
It’s a key win that few saw coming in Trump’s quest for the 270 votes that could make him the next president of the United States.
The fate of the state has yo-yo’ed over the last few months and tightened in the last few days. Every poll from the respected EPIC-MRA firm showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a lead, but the most recent polls showed Trump closing in.
Michigan has traditionally been a Democratic state in presidential elections. Democrats have carried it in every election since 1992. But the margins were always close enough, and the electoral prize big enough, that it has also traditionally been considered a “battleground state”.
But Michigan was left off of many battleground lists as polls in August and even early October showed the Democratic presidential nominee with a double-digit lead.
A September and late October poll showed Clinton with a healthy lead. That’s despite polls showing more than half of likely voters had an unfavorable view of her.
Those same polls, however, showed most likely voters disliked Trump even more. Here in Michigan, even as polls showed that 2/3rds of likely voters had an unfavorable opinion of the businessman.
But new revelations about an FBI investigation may have helped turn the tide in Trump’s favor. A November poll showed Republican nominee Donald Trump within just 3 points of Clinton, prompting a flood of attention from both sides as Trump saw a key to the 270 electoral votes he needs to become president.
On November 6th and 7th, the last two days before election day, the campaign dispatched former president Bill Clinton to Flint and Lansing, President Barack Obama to Ann Arbor, and Hillary Clinton to the Grand Rapids area.
Trump, sensing victory in the Great Lakes state, had Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence in Michigan on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Trump himself came to the state on Sunday, and Trump and Pence showed up together – in the last stop of the entire campaign – late Monday night.