GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the election just days away and many races seeming closer than ever, Michigan is catching a lot of the nation’s attention.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in Michigan on Wednesday campaigning for the Republican nominee for the 3rd congressional district John Gibbs. The two were hosting an event in a banquet hall for around 300-400 supporters.

“It’s important not only that we have a majority, but that we have a majority of principled leaders with a backbone,” Cruz told News 8. “I’m in the middle of a 17-state national tour and the reason I’m here supporting John is once we have a majority we have to act on it we have to use it and I’m supporting John because I believe he has the courage to stand up and to fight.

Gibbs said the election, which will take place Nov. 8, is “not just a Democrat versus a Republican.”

“I think that’s crazy versus normal. That’s why we’re seeing so much support for independents, and even support from Democrats who are looking at the country right now, they’re looking at West Michigan right now and they’re say, “This isn’t where I grew up. When I was a kid it was male and female, now there’s 57 genders. They’re trying to charge you $7 a gallon of gasoline under the Green New Deal, that’s crazy.

Around the same time, the Democratic 3rd Congressional District Hillary Scholten continued her campaign at a local bookstore, where she met with supporters and voters.

She spoke with News 8 about what she needs to do by November 8 to cross the finish line first.

“We feel so strong. People on the ground are so energized, excited, ready for change. It’s been 50 years since we sent a Democrat to represent this part of west Michigan in Congress, and we’ve never had a woman to represent us in Congress, which is just a very important point for a lot of people right now,” Scholten said. . “I hear people say all the time that the issues that matter to working mothers, to women, are at the heart of their concerns. From rising costs to protecting women’s reproductive health choices. We need someone who understands these issues and I will be a champion for them because the issues that matter to working families in West Michigan matter to me and my family.

Both candidates feature prominently in the national plan of both parties in their strategy to hold or take a majority in the United States House. This is one of the races that News 8 will focus on election night.

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