GRAND RAPIDS – Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, visited a Grand Rapids nonprofit Tuesday morning to campaign in Michigan, a key swing state in November’s presidential election.
Biden was accompanied by Hillary Scholten, a Grand Rapids-based immigration lawyer and the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which is currently held by exiting Rep. Justin Amash, L-Cascade.
According to her campaign, Scholten was one of the first Congressional candidates to receive an endorsement from Joe Biden. Scholten is facing Republican Peter Meijer.
Biden, who was making the first of two scheduled stops in west Michigan Tuesday, met with Bridget Clark Whittney, president and founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket, which provides meals to children and families in west Michigan. She and Farm Manager Jason Lundberg gave Biden a tour of their farm and showed off some crops grown by local high school students.
Biden was also scheduled to appear at an event with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Battle Creek later Tuesday.
Joe Biden had visited Michigan last week, giving a speech to union auto workers in Warren. On Tuesday and last week, the Biden campaign observed social distancing protocols, wore masks and closed events to the general public.
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Republican President Donald Trump and other campaign surrogates have also hit the state in recent days. On Thursday, the president held a rally in a Saginaw County airport with an estimated crowd of 10,000 gathered together in a hangar without coronavirus safety measures being widely observed.
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. and Michigan rocker Kid Rock held a rally at a boat club in Macomb County.
With Election Day seven weeks away, it’s likely the two campaigns return to Michigan.Trump carried the state in 2016 by a margin of 10,704 votes. Before Trump, the Democratic nominee had won Michigan every year since 1988.