Democrats are worried Biden isn't campaigning enough in Michigan


I sign for Joe Biden's campaign in Royal Oak. - LEE DEVITO
  • Lee DeVito
  • I sign for Joe Biden's campaign in Royal Oak.

As we all know by now, Donald Trump narrowly eked out a victory over Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016, winning by some 10,000 votes. In retrospect, Clinton organizers blamed the campaign for taking Michigan for granted and failing to "get the basics of campaigning right," with Clinton never even setting foot in a UAW hall in 2016.

Now, some Democrats are sounding a similar alarm for Joe Biden's campaign.

According to a new story by Time, Biden doesn't have a Michigan campaign office. The campaign could not confirm the existence of any field offices in the state, and has yet to even print literature for canvassers to drop off. Meanwhile, Trump signs are prevalent, and Trump recently held a large rally near Saginaw that drew thousands, despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Biden's recent Detroit stop was a more low-key affair and was not publicized, thought it did draw more Trump supporters than Biden supporters, Time reports.

The campaign told Time that in fact, Biden's campaign is significantly bigger than Clinton's, and adds that it reached out to 1.4 million voters during the Democratic National Convention. Due to the pandemic, it has instead focused on a largely digital campaign that includes digital organizing events and text-message canvassing.

"This strategy makes sense during a global pandemic," Time reports. "The campaign is prioritizing public health at a moment when Trump is flagrantly disregarding it. But the juxtaposition of Trump’s loud and proud campaign and Biden’s invisible digital operation makes some Democrats increasingly anxious."

Polls have shown Biden has an an edge over Trump in Michigan, but it may be shrinking. Clinton also polled better than Trump in Michigan.

The thing about Trump and his supporters is they like to say his movement represents the "silent majority." If Biden wins in November, it seems his supporters will be the true silent majority.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.