It’s been 24 years since a Republican presidential candidate won the state of Michigan. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced a new effort Monday to snap that streak.
Romney will campaign in Michigan on June 19 as part of his “Every Town Counts” bus tour, where he will meet with small town business owners and families. He is expected to visit at least three cities in the state, though the Romney campaign has yet to disclose the details.
Romney’s decision to compete in Michigan comes on the heels of an EPIC-MRA poll showing Romney statistically tied with President Obama in the Wolverine State. The survey found that Mr. Obama’s job approval rating is just 41 percent in Michigan.
That poll may have been an outlier: Every other poll this year has shown Mr. Obama with a clear lead in Michigan, among them a May survey from Democrat-aligned pollster Public Policy Polling that showed the president ahead by 14 points. CBS News currently considers the state, with its 16 electoral votes, “lean Democratic” due to its demographic breakdown and vote patterns. Mr. Obama won the state by 16 percentage points in the 2008 election.