MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is trickier than it may appear for Hillary Clinton, a Democrat whose party's presidential nominees have carried the struggling manufacturing hub for decades.
Bernie Sanders beat her in the state's Democratic primary in March by railing against the North American Free Trade Agreement. Republican Donald Trump has pledged to back out of the treaty that some blame for the loss of countless Rust Belt jobs.
Clinton's support of free trade may not cost her Michigan. But the reliably Democratic state is costing her campaign nonetheless.
Trump has blasted NAFTA and predicted backing out would restore millions of factory jobs.
At stake is the white, working-class vote, which Trump says he can turn out in droves in Michigan and other upper-Midwestern battlegrounds long carried by Democrats.