My wife is from a cozy little beach community about 45 minutes north of Detroit and I grew up in Grand Rapids on the state's ultra-conservative west side. She and I had separate trips to our home state of Michigan this week and were both surprised by what we saw: Big support for Obama.
The number of yard signs on the way up the west coast was about 2 to 1 for Obama. Having spent so many years in this part of the state I can tell you that south west Michigan is Bush country. The former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy Devos lives there. Her husband Dick ran for governor of the state in 2006. Eric Prince of Blackwater fame was born there and his family still has a home in Holland. The HQ of the Christian Reform Church is in Western Michigan. Believe me, to see even a handful of signs supporting ANY Democrat for President is a shock, but to see an abundance? Let's just say it made me proud of my home state.
But this is my favorite symbol of Barak Obama's support in Michigan. In downtown Port Huron, a town hit hard by the auto industry's floundering, there is this beautiful piece of art. That the Obama campaign has this kind of presence in a town with a population of about 32,000 people is a testament to just how hard they're gunning for the big win on Tuesday.
Learn more about the original Port Huron Statement.