DETROIT — Standing in the parking lot of Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 in Southfield, a suburb of Detroit, Senator Kamala Harris issued a late call to action on Tuesday.
“Today is a day that many of us have been waiting for four years,” she told a crowd of a few hundred people. “Let’s make sure everyone we know votes. Let’s keep texting. Let’s keep calling, knocking on doors of neighbors and your family members. We got all day to get this done.”
Shortly after, at the Greater Grace Temple on West Seven Mile Road, she rallied volunteers who were getting ready to knock on doors at a few final homes before the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Fazila Siddiqui, 46, a surgical trauma nurse at St. John Ascension Hospital in Detroit, had volunteered for the campaign. She was infuriated at Mr. Trump’s suggestion last week that doctors were miscategorizing patient health problems as Covid-19 as a way to make more money.
“For him to say that we’re doing it for the money is insulting, and it belittles our work,” Ms. Siddiqui said in an interview. “And it makes me very, very angry. I already knew how I was going to vote because of the way he handled the entire crisis, which was beyond ridiculous.”
Garnering those final few votes is crucial for both campaigns. Mr. Trump won Michigan by the smallest margin in the nation — less than 0.2 percent of the vote — over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats here still reel from that loss in a state that hadn’t voted for a Republican for president since 1988.
And even though the vast majority of polls have shown Mr. Biden up by anywhere from six to 12 points in the state in the last month, Mr. Trump decided to return again and again to Michigan to try and recreate his 2016 victory.
“We’re going to win the state of Michigan so easily,” he told the crowd at a rally that was televised in Grand Rapids on Monday that stretched past midnight into Election Day.
At the sheet metal workers union, Ms. Harris offered a countering view: “I’m done talking about the guy currently in the White House. You know why? Let’s talk about the opportunity that is in front of us right now: We get to elect Joe Biden.”
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