Detroit – Former President Barack Obama is set to rally with Democrats on Friday evening at Cass Tech High school in Detroit, where turnout in the Nov. 6 mid-term election could be a critical factor for candidates like gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan Democrats traditionally struggle to turn out voters in non-presidential election years, particularly in urban areas like Detroit. Beyond Whitmer's running mate Garlin Gilchrist II, Democrats are offering a predominantly white statewide ticket to voters in the majority African-American city.

Obama, the nation's first black president, is "going to add some energy this week to the campaign," said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party.

Obama is set to rally with Whitmer, Gilchrist, U.S. "He has not been seen in Detroit's excited and voted out elections." Sen. Debbie Stabenow and other Democrats Haley Stevens, Elissa Slotkin, Matt Longjohn and Gretchen Driskell. Shaper U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is so expected to attend.

Cass Tech by Friday afternoon, Someone had been waiting since 10 a.m.

"It's amazing the decency that we've all demonstrated to each other," said Fazila Siddiqui, a 45th at the front of the line, a diverse group of women were sharing food and stories as they waited for the Obama rally -year-old Pakistani immigrant and nurse practitioner student from West Bloomfield.

The former president "helped keep the country together, and I feel like that's something we've got away from," said Siddiqui, who plans to vote for Whitmer in the governor's race. "

Renee Hill of Detroit, a 56-year-old legal.

" I know that I'll get that, "he said 6. She's borrowing her daughter's phone and did not even know she was messaging.

"I don 't care if you're a Democrat or Republican, if you do not vote, you take off your voice, "she said.

Hill and others in the crowd criticize the tone and rhetoric of President Donald Trump as they awaited his predecessor.

"It's important that we hear something different than the hate," Hill said. "It's important that we see the combination of people, regardless of party, regardless of race. There 's a culture going on – us against you, you against us. Anthony Cain of Warren, a 55-year-old Macomb County government worker said he would "focus more on the issues and less on the childish stuff." He Democrats, including Whitmer.

"They've been in the Legislature, so they've got that experience and they're familiar with Michigan," he said.

Just 31 percent of Detroit cast ballots in 2014, compared with 43 percent statewide when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder won over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer by roughly four percentage points.

About 48.6 percent of Detroit voters cast ballots in 2016, when statewide turnout topped 64 percent and Republican President Donald Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by less than one point.

Detroit elections officials 41 percent to 46 percent of the city's 470,000 registered voters will cast ballots on election day based in the city and statewide. In 2016, City Clerk Janice Winfrey expected a voter turnout of 45 percent to 50 percent.

But Republican U.S. Senate challenger John James on Friday launched a vote in favor of the Democratic Party.

"So Joe Biden said," Well, that's not what it's like. " I'm a Republican. "In fact, I want to vote," James says in the one-minute ad.

"… The Democratic Party leadership cares more "We can have a seat at both tables, and we can elevate our people together."

Absentee ballot requests 6, and Democrats are hoping Obama wants motivate voters frustrated with Republican leadership at the state and federal levels.

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Republicans have a high-profile surrogate of their own coming. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Oakland County and Grand Rapids, where he'll attend a GOP dinner with Gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette, U.S. Senate challenger John James and other Republicans.

Schuette said this week expects President Donald Trump to launch a campaign in Michigan before Nov. 6.

"Michigan is on Trump's Mind," the Republican attorney general said, noting recent visits by Lara Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Who rallied with James and Kid Rock.

The Michigan Republican Party on Friday bashed Democrats for welcoming Obama, arguing his eight years as president, "were at an unmitigated disaster" despite his role in a government bailout that helped Detroit automakers avoid financial ruin.

"Obama's policies of high taxes, more regulation and fewer jobs were the perfect end to Jennifer Granholm's Lost Decade," said Michigan GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson. "Republicans have the momentum, and just like in 2016, last-minute fly-ins will not slow that momentum down."

Obama came to Michigan to stumble over Clinton's election in 2016. But logistical difficulties with the last- minute visit, including a Detroit Detroit funeral, which is being held in Ann Arbor.

With Wayne State University and the Cobo Center booked this week, Democrats wants to host Obama in the Cass Tech gymnasium,

Demand for tickets "what's amazing," Kinloch said, and "of course the Cass Tech alumni are going crazy over this."

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