(THE WEEK) — Perhaps the signature state loss of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign was Michigan. It had been the beating heart of the greatest industrial engine in the world and FDR’s New Deal Democrats, but was economically obliterated by deindustrialization, enabled to no small degree by Clinton-style policies. Still, President Obama won the state by nearly 10 points in 2012, and liberals confidently predicted that Clinton would manage to hold the line. Instead she lost by 0.3 percent.
Today, a rather unlikely-sounding candidate to become Michigan governor is looking to take back the state for the Democrats.
Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old doctor and son of an Egyptian immigrant, is running an economically populist campaign that would also make him the first Muslim governor in American history.