Donald Trump just received a huge boost of support from Republican lawmakers in Michigan, and he returned that favor by giving them support back.
On Tuesday, all six members of the Michigan Republican Congressional delegation endorsed Trump for the GOP nomination for president. In return, Trump named all six of those people to spots on his Michigan federal leadership team.
The Republican representatives included John James, Lisa McClain, Jack Bergman, John Moolenaar, Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg. All said this week that Trump was the candidate they would be supporting in the 2024 presidential election.
They said their support is because Trump has proved that he can win the key battleground states – which includes Michigan – since he was the first Republican president to win the state since 1988, when George H.W. Bush did so.
The Michigan representatives issued a joint statement that Trump’s team released. It read:
“Under the Trump presidency, America was prosperous, the economy was strong, the world was a safer place and Michiganders were better off. President Trump has proven he has the ability to deliver results on Day One and also the ability to win key battleground states like Michigan, being the only Republican to win a Presidential race here since 1988.”
In 2016, Trump edged Democrat Hillary Clinton by a slight margin of just more than 10,000 votes in Michigan. While that seemed like to be a big turning point for the GOP in the state, it didn’t last very long.
President Joe Biden took Michigan in 2020, and then Democrats were able to regain complete control of the Michigan state government during the midterm elections in 2022.
Michigan is sure to prove to be a key battleground state in the upcoming presidential election, no matter who ends up winning the nominations for both parties. In fact, the candidate who has won Michigan in each of the last four presidential elections has also won the White House.
The Midwest in general is poised to receive a lot of attention in the upcoming election, as many of the states there could go either way, but much of it starts with Michigan. That’s why getting all of the Republican representatives from the state on his side is an early good sign for Trump.
He may not need that sort of help based on how he’s performing in early polls, but it never hurts to have that type of support behind you.
The polling average released by Real Clear Politics shows that Trump is more than 30 points ahead of the challenger in second place in the GOP, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. All the other Republican candidates are very far behind at this point.
Trump just keeps racking up the endorsements, too. He’s now received the official support of 10 Republicans in the Senate and 67 Republicans in the House, which includes the entire Michigan delegation.
As for DeSantis, he’s only been able to garner official support from five sitting members of Congress thus far.