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Donald Trump concluded his 16-month campaign for president with a message of hope to the thousands in the Rust Belt who turned out at 1 a.m. on Tuesday to see the Republican nominee deliver his final speech before the election. Trump abandoned much of his negative messaging about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a final attempt to woo voters from the blue state to jump aboard his train when they vote later in the day. Michigan has bled blue in presidential elections since 1992. The billionaire businessman focused on reminding attendees of the jobs the state has lost to outsourcing and promised to make the state into an economic powerhouse if elected president. "After we win, I'm going to be coming back to Michigan a lot. I'm going to be coming back every time we open a new factory or a new automobile plant, and we're going to be doing a lot of expansion. I know exactly what to do folks," Trump said. "We are going to bring back the automobile industry to Michigan, bigger and better and stronger than before." Trump said. "Now we have one flawed candidate left to beat. It's going to be the very beginning of a new adventure ... it's making America great again, we're going to do it," Trump vowed. "Michigan now stands at the crossroads of history. If we win Michigan, we will win this historic election and then we will be able to do all the things that we have wanted to do."



Trump, Pence Close Out 2016 Campaign with Midnight Michigan Rally

Trump, Pence Close Out 2016 Campaign with Midnight Michigan Rally


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence concluded their 2016 campaign with a massive rally after midnight on Election Day in this most unlikely of locations.

Police informed Breitbart News that the estimated attendance at the rally at the Devos Place convention center — where Trump only took the stage after 12:30 a.m — was 6,000 people.

Trump, Pence Close Out 2016 Campaign with Midnight Michigan Rally

Trump noted that the rally, originally scheduled for 11:00 p.m. on Monday night, was actually taking place on Election Day itself — November 8, 2016.

“Today,” he said, “we are going to win the great state of Michigan, and we are going to take back the White House.” The crowd roared.

Trump, Pence Close Out 2016 Campaign with Midnight Michigan Rally

But it is a calculated gamble — namely, that Trump will be able to flip Michigan, and perhaps other traditionally Democratic states, thereby overcoming the firewall that has frustrated Republican ambitions for the Oval Office in recent elections. Michigan casts 16 votes in the Electoral College.

In his address, Trump hit many of his usual campaign points, focusing in particular on stopping jobs from leaving Michigan for Mexico and other foreign destinations. He mentioned, as he has throughout the past several weeks, the recent decision of Ford to move its production facilities to Mexico.

Trump, Pence Close Out 2016 Campaign with Midnight Michigan Rally

At one point, there was a minor disruption as four young women in Hillary Clinton T-shirts formed a circle at the edge of the rally, held hands, and chanted “Hillary! Hillary!” before being escorted out by police.

Many of those in the hall had brought their children with them. Sue, from Northwest Indiana, brought her daughter Rediet along to the rally to learn about the political process. She said that Trump had not been her first choice — she preferred Dr. Ben Carson in the Republican primary — but that she could never vote for Hillary Clinton.

“I was an adult voting when [Bill] Clinton was first in office,” she said. “I know what they’re about for all these years.”

Her daughter, she said, had “voted” for Trump in a classroom straw poll, when many of the other children had chosen Clinton.

“I’m just praying — whatever happens, God’s in control,” she said.

Trump’s Michigan rally came at the end of a five-rally sprint that began in the morning in Florida, and continued through North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire before concluding in Grand Rapids.

Afterwards, the Trump campaign staff and the press boarded their planes to return to New York City, where Trump will vote tomorrow, and where both Trump and Hillary Clinton are holding victory parties.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.





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