Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is reporting 6,225 newly confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Saturday that nearly 207,800 cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed in the state since the start of the pandemic. Another 65 deaths were attributed Saturday to the virus, including 42 from a review of vital records. In total, 7,578 people in Michigan have died this year from complications due to the virus.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden reclaimed Michigan for Democrats with a surge of support in urban regions like Detroit and Grand Rapids, offsetting high turnout in rural and exurban areas for President Donald Trump. Biden’s 146,000-vote margin, 2.7 percentage points, was powered by gains in big, vote-rich counties such as Oakland near Detroit and Kent, which includes Grand Rapids — amid a record 5.5 million people casting ballots statewide. Biden won Oakland by 14 points, besting Hillary Clinton’s 8-point edge in 2016. He carried Kent by almost 6 points after Trump netted it by 3 points four years ago.
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — State officials say a clerk’s error in a small Republican-leaning northern Michigan county earlier this week led to the reporting of unofficial voting results favoring Democrat Joe Biden. Questions were raised after Antrim County first reported a local landslide for Biden against incumbent Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election. The Republican National Committee included it among several allegations of voting irregularities in Michigan that favored Biden and Democrats. But Michigan’s Department of State said Friday evening that the clerk accidentally did not update software used to collect voting machine data. More than 16,000 votes were cast. Revised totals show Trump defeating Biden in Antrim County, getting 56% of the vote.
DETROIT (AP) — Mariners’ Church of Detroit will observe the 45th anniversary Sunday of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The church is holding its yearly memorial service for the thousands of sailors who have died in Great Lakes shipwrecks over the years. The Fitzgerald ore carrier plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. All 29 crew members were lost. The annual service will be live-streamed on Facebook for the first time. Because of social distancing requirements, those wishing to attend in person must contact the church beforehand. The email address is email@example.com.