July 29, 2020, Alternet reports
Michigan is among the Rust Belt states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, but recent polls on the 2020 presidential race have found former Vice President Joe Biden — the presumptive Democratic nominee — with double-digit leads in that state. And McClatchy’s David Catanese is reporting that Trump’s reelection campaign has suspended its Michigan advertising.
Catanese reports that according to the ad tracking firm Medium Buying, Trump’s campaign “continues to advertise in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin” —two other Rust Belt states that Trump won in 2016 — even though its ads in Michigan have ceased. And America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, has not had any ads in Michigan since July 2.
"Trump has not led in a single public poll of Michigan all year. A Morning Consult survey of likely voters released on Tuesday showed the president trailing Biden by 10 points. The RealClearPolitics average of polls tracks Biden with an 8-point advantage.
“The numbers are dismal,” said one GOP pollster familiar with internal data tracking the state. “Hard to see how it remains competitive.”
Trump, who captured Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by just over 10,000 votes in 2016, is facing a manifold of problems there. A recent CBS poll found 58% of registered voters say Trump has done a “bad job” of handling the coronavirus outbreak and his rating on handling the economy — usually his top strength — stands just marginally better than Biden’s.
Republicans are also watching their support hemorrhage in the suburbs, particularly in Oakland County, which Trump lost by just 8 points in 2016. As much as his base in the western part of his state is drawn to his combative style, there are numbers of traditional Republicans outside of Detroit who recoil from his caustic and unwieldy rhetoric.