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Hillary Clinton heads to Grand Rapids in final hours before Election Day

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Grand Valley State University the day before Election Day.
Cheyna Roth
Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Grand Valley State University the day before Election Day.

The election is tomorrow, but if you thought the major party candidates were going to take a break, you would be wrong. Michigan has secured its position as a battleground state.

Both major party presidential candidates are stopping in West Michigan in the hours before the polls open.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton talked jobs and the economy during a rally at Grand Valley State University. But she also focused on bringing the country together after a very divisive election.

“But I’ve been saying this for months. To say that we need more of two things right now. We need more love and kindness in America,” said Clinton.

Republican nominee Donald Trump is hoping to turn the state red for the first time since 1988.

Clinton is clearly trying to prevent that from happening.

At the rally, she emphasized her plans for the economy. But she also made her final plea to Michigan voters to get out and vote.

“If you believe as I do that America thrives when the middle class thrives then you have to vote tomorrow,” she said.

Spectators and supporters lined up outside a Grand Valley University auditorium for a chance to see the Democratic candidate one last time before Election Day.

There was a small group of student protestors with large signs supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump on the lawn outside the auditorium.

Alexander Johnston is a student at Grand Valley and a Clinton supporter. He shook hands with the protestors before returning to his spot in line.

“There’s no sense in fighting. We’ve had enough of that,” said Johnston, “especially in the past year. It’s been pretty rough.”

Trump was also in Grand Rapids before the polls opened. His final rally was in downtown Grand Rapids.  

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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