President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE will hold a campaign rally in Michigan later this month as he seeks to hang on to a crucial swing state in the 2020 election.
Trump will gather with supporters at the Kellogg Arena, in Battle Creek, Mich. on Dec. 18. The arena seats up to 6,200 people, according to the venue’s website.
“Michigan is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state,” said Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump campaign’s national press secretary. “President Trump is delivering on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Michigan this Christmas season.”
The rally comes as Trump seeks to shore up support in key swing states as the House presses forward with its impeachment investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. Trump held rallies last month in Pennsylvania and Florida, two states he narrowly won in 2016 that were crucial to his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE.
Trump won Michigan by just over 10,000 votes, or .3 percent, in 2016 and it is set to be a key battleground next year. Recent polling has flashed warning signs for Trump, indicating that he faces an uphill battle to win reelection in the crucial swing state.
An Emerson College poll released last month showed the president trailing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) by 14 points, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE by 12 points and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE by 8 points.
The Wolverine State is also home to one of the nation’s tightest Senate races, with Republican John James running to unseat first-term Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Hillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos MORE (D). The James campaign did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding if it had received an invitation to join Trump at the rally.
Beyond working to elect himself and James, who has vowed to be a staunch ally of the White House in the Senate, Trump could also target Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOver 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity House Democrats set to introduce proposed ban on chemical weapons Mark Cuban says he’s decided not to run for president MORE (I-Mich.), whose district contains Battle Creek.
Amash, a former Republican who made a high-profile defection from the party this year, has been a vocal critic of the president and has said he should be impeached.