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Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan on Friday.

The Republican presidential nominee holds a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This marks Trump’s fifth visit to Michigan since he accepted the party’s nomination in July.

Trump has made two trips to Detroit, held a rally in Dimondale and visited a church and water treatment plant in Flint.

With one debate down and two to go, the election is in peak mode.

Matt Grossmann is a political science expert at Michigan State University.

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National pollsters are working feverishly to release data following Monday evening’s Presidential debate. A statewide survey taken last week commissioned by MIRS News, a political newsletter, prior to the debate, shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a five point lead. However, there are some variables that may make this a much tighter race down the stretch.

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Tuesday, September 27th @ 9 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE Premieres The Choice 2016 - The Dueling Stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as They Compete for the Presidency.    

WGVU spoke with co-producer, Mike Wiser.

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Business leaders are gathering in downtown Grand Rapids for the West Michigan Policy Forum. Before Monday evening’s first presidential debate, WMPA will hold its own debate between former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and former Democratic New Mexico Governor and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson.

During a visit to WGVU’s TV studios today, we asked Richardson what voters should listen for during tonight’s debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump?

Kent County GOP held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner Monday evening. GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was keynote speaker. She spoke about the impacts and successes of women leaders in the Republican Party.

Also at the event was Alex Smith, National Chair of the College Republican National Committee. 

WGVU spoke with Smith about how the GOP is appealing to young voters.

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GOP Presidential candidate, and Ted Cruz V.P. running mate, Carly Fiorina is in Grand Rapids this evening. The former HP CEO is keynote speaker at Monday night’s Kent County GOP 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner.

During Monday night’s annual dinner its expected Fiorina will talk about the impacts and successes of women leaders in the Republican Party.

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The Presidential election is less than eight weeks away, and Lansing-based Epic-MRA has released its September statewide poll of 600 registered Michigan voters.

The poll says Democrat Hilary Clinton currently holds a slight lead over Republican Donald Trump, but that lead falls within the 4 percent margin of error.

Epic-MRA says its September survey was conducted by live interviewers, and 30 percent of participants were contacted by cellphone. They were asked a series of questions including a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the candidates. 

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Michigan voters will continue to have the option of using one mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates in November.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to reverse two lower courts and allow a ban on straight-ticket voting to take effect.

Mark Brewer is one the attorneys who challenged Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. He called it a victory for voters.

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State Republican leaders are still waiting to see if a federal appeals court will restore Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had asked for a decision from the entire court by Wednesday.

With no word, state elections officials are making preparations to finalize the ballot by the end of next week.

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008. Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.

Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.

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