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Hillary Clinton heads to Grand Rapids in final hours before Election Day

Nov 7, 2016

The election is tomorrow, but if you thought the major party candidates were going to take a break, you would be wrong. Michigan has secured its position as a battleground state.

Both major party presidential candidates are stopping in West Michigan in the hours before the polls open.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton talked jobs and the economy during a rally at Grand Valley State University. But she also focused on bringing the country together after a very divisive election.

“But I’ve been saying this for months. To say that we need more of two things right now. We need more love and kindness in America,” said Clinton.

Republican nominee Donald Trump is hoping to turn the state red for the first time since 1988.

Clinton is clearly trying to prevent that from happening.

At the rally, she emphasized her plans for the economy. But she also made her final plea to Michigan voters to get out and vote.

“If you believe as I do that America thrives when the middle class thrives then you have to vote tomorrow,” she said.

Spectators and supporters lined up outside a Grand Valley University auditorium for a chance to see the Democratic candidate one last time before Election Day.

There was a small group of student protestors with large signs supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump on the lawn outside the auditorium.

Alexander Johnston is a student at Grand Valley and a Clinton supporter. He shook hands with the protestors before returning to his spot in line.

“There’s no sense in fighting. We’ve had enough of that,” said Johnston, “especially in the past year. It’s been pretty rough.”

Trump was also in Grand Rapids before the polls opened. His final rally was in downtown Grand Rapids.