Gov. Whitmer campaigns for Biden, Harris in W. MI

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — With just eight days before Election Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the road to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

In what was billed as a bus tour, the governor along with a number of other Democratic candidates and office holders were at Teamsters Local 406 in Wyoming Monday morning.

The overall message was everyday is Election Day between now and Nov. 3. Whitmer urged her fellow Democrats to take nothing for granted.

“I think that there is a lot of reason to feel optimistic, however, (the Biden campaign) takes Michigan very seriously. Joe Biden loves this state, he has spent a lot of time in Michigan. Kamala Harris was here yesterday. We anticipate having a robust presence all the way to Election Day because they know how important Michigan is,” Whitmer told News 8.

“While the polls look good, no one is going to rest until this election is fully over and that is why we are going to work so hard up until the close of polls on Election Day,” she added.

Recent polls show Biden is holding on to a lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan. Considered a key battleground in the presidential race, both camps have been sending wave after wave of candidates and surrogates in recent weeks to lock down votes. Trump will be in Lansing on Tuesday for a rally and Vice President Mike Pence will be in Flint Wednesday. Biden’s wife Jill Biden will be in the state Thursday. Joe Biden will be in Michigan Saturday to talk about bringing America together.

While the election is taking center stage, the business of running the state is still critical and the relationship between Whitmer, a Democrat, and the Republican-led Legislature has only worsened during the course of the pandemic.

“It’s been challenging, to be sure,” Whitmer said.

“The Senate majority leader (Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake) has subscribed to the belief in herd immunity, which every scientist in the world says is inhumane and not supported by the data and would end up meaning 30,000 more Michigan lives lost if that was our philosophy. That’s unacceptable, it bucks the science,” she continued. “Right now, we should be following the science and while we disagree on some fundamentals, he’s opposed to a mask mandate that I think is essential and we know it saves lives. We still have work to do and we’ll find some common ground on things. But when a leader like the head of the Republican Party shows up at events with people who are charged with wanting to kidnap and want to murder me, it makes it a little challenging.”

The governor and Democrats are pushing hard to pick up seats in the state House. No matter the outcome of those elections, the state Senate will remain controlled by Republicans for at least the next two years, ensuring continued divided government in our state.