Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service. Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued the order on Friday after being presented with data showing on-time delivery of ballots sent by voters were too slow in the battleground states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office says delivery of ballots in the USPS Detroit district, for example, has dipped as low as 57% over the past week. National on-time delivery has been at 93% or higher.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James are making their final cases to the electorate in the closing days of a $100 million-plus duel that will help shape whether the winner of the presidential race can enact his legislative agenda. Michigan, long a presidential battleground, is also a key Senate battleground. Peters is one of just two Senate Democrats running in a state Donald Trump won four years ago. Public polls have shown him extending his lead over James, a Black businessman and Iraq War veteran, but Republicans who see an opening insist James has a shot.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is campaigning in Michigan with Joe Biden, and he calls his former vice president his “brother.” Obama also is accusing President Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and his office seriously. Democrats are leaning on America’s first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan on the final weekend of the 2020 campaign. Obama and Biden held drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit. Turnout must be strong in those two predominantly Black cities to swing the state away from Trump. The president is making an aggressive play for pivotal Pennsylvania, focusing largely on his white, working-class base.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is hitting President Donald Trump right where he thinks it’ll hurt most: His ego. Campaigning in Flint, Michigan, for Joe Biden, Obama painted Trump as insecure and self-absorbed, describing him as a failed president who cares more about himself than the country. Obama said the president is “jealous of COVID’s media coverage” and mocked what he called Trump’s “obsession with crowd size.” Obama also dinged Trump on his masculinity. The personal attacks have been a centerpiece of Obama’s speeches since he began campaigning for Trump earlier in October.