President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan Tuesday by the narrowest margin in the state’s history.
Pollsters say rural and blue collar voters put Trump over the top by the narrowest of majorities – just over a quarter of a percentage point. You’d have to go back to the 1940 election – Wendell Wilkie versus President Franklin Roosevelt – to find a margin nearly as close.
Matt Marsden is a Republican political consultant. He says that means any small shift might have made the difference in Michigan.
“Narrow margins, when losses happen like that, there was something that was missing from the campaign standpoint.”
Marsden says third party candidates might have siphoned off enough votes to make a difference in the presidential race. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein combined got almost 5 percent of the vote.