Election 2020

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Gun rights groups have filed a legal challenge to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ban on openly carrying firearms at or near polling places on Election Day. The rule bars the open carry of guns within 100 feet of a polling location, at a clerk’s office, or where an absentee ballot counting board meets.

President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for their second and final debate as tens of millions of Americans have already voted. A deeply divided country begins its final sprint to Election Day amid the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear how many voters have yet to make up their minds.

Here are five takeaways from the debate in Nashville, Tenn., a much different — and far more civil — night than the last encounter.

Phillip Hofmeister

A new report says Michiganders will be exposed to a record-breaking $47-million worth of political advertising this week.

VP Campaigns For President Trump In Waterford Township

Oct 22, 2020
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About 800 people trudged across a muddy field to get to the airport in Waterford Township where Vice President Mike Pence was to speak. Speakers blared country music and 70's rock songs while a crowd of about 800 waited for Pence, half of them not wearing masks.

Beaumont Tower
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WKAR invited the 10 candidates for MSU Board of Trustees to respond to a five-question survey.

Editor's Note: WKAR News received replies from six candidates: Brian Mosallam (D), Dr. Rema Vassar (D), Pat O’Keefe (R), Tonya Schuitmaker (R), Robin Laurain (Green Party) and Will Tyler White (Libertarian Party).

The other candidates are Brandon Hu (Green Party), Janet M. Sanger (U.S. Taxpayers Party), John Paul Sanger (U.S. Taxpayers Party) and Bridgette Abraham-Guzman (Natural Law Party).

It's the last debate of the 2020 election.

Many might be saying, "Thank goodness," given what a mess that first debate turned into.

After that debate — and the way President Trump in particular conducted himself — Trump took a hit in the polls. This final debate represents the last, best chance for the president, who has been consistently behind in this race, to gain some momentum.

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Democratic Latinx voters could help determine whether Michigan flips blue in the November election, but there are questions about whether the campaign for Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, is reaching this electorate. 


With less than two weeks until voting concludes, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face off for the final time in a debate on Thursday, likely marking Trump's last chance to reach a massive audience as he trails Biden in polls nationally and in key states.

cheering crowd and flags
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One of President Donald Trump’s sons visited Lansing Tuesday in a bid to shore up support for his father two weeks before the election. 

City of Lansing Ballot Drop-Box
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With two weeks until the election, more than one and a half million Michiganders have returned their absentee ballots. That’s out of the 2.8 million people in total who have requested ballots.

You may be wondering what happens once you drop your ballot off or put it in the mail.