Michigan is a state that Donald Trump won, and which had previously voted Obama. Now it looks like the pendulum could swing back the other direction. Democrats will vote in the primary today, but there’s at least one Republican, and a mayor no less, named Michael Taylor, who says that he thinks Joe Biden will be the nominee and he plans to vote for him over “deranged” Donald Trump. Chicago Tribune:
But on Tuesday, Taylor will do something he said he’s never done before — vote for a Democrat.
“I think Joe Biden is the candidate who can unify all of the Democrats, and he’s the candidate who can appeal to moderates and Republicans like me who don’t want to see four more years of President Trump,” he said.
Taylor, however, isn’t just an average suburban GOP voter turned off by what he called Trump’s “deranged” presidency — he’s the mayor of Sterling Heights, Michigan’s fourth largest city.
His conservative-leaning, working-class suburb is in Macomb County, the epicenter of where blue-collar voters in the industrial Midwest delivered the presidency to Trump in 2016 after twice voting for Barack Obama.
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota are states where the Democrats need to defeat Trump in November. This certainly looks like a hopeful sign.
And a hopeful sign of Biden prevailing in Michigan is the endorsement of the local papers. The Hill:
“The nation, and our closely divided state, would be far better served by the succession of Joe Biden, whose four decades of experience in Congress and the West Wing have uniquely prepared him to meet the challenges awaiting the next president,” wrote the Detroit Free Press.
“Democratic voters consistently tell pollsters their priority in the presidential primaries is nominating a candidate who can beat President Donald Trump this fall. Of the contenders who remain in the race heading into Tuesday’s Michigan balloting, Joe Biden best meets that criteria. In fact, the former vice president may be the only one who can fulfill the Democratic desire to deny Trump a second term,” the Detroit News’s endorsement said.