Democratic candidate Joe Biden increased his share of the vote among Michigan’s union budgets when he narrowly recaptured President Donald Trump’s Swing State after the votes were counted on Wednesday, according to exit poll data.
Preliminary estimates from the exit polls conducted by Edison Research and published by the New York Times showed that Biden was expected to have won 56 percent of Michigan’s union vote early Thursday morning.
When similar exit polls were conducted in Michigan following the 2016 presidential election, pollsters found that 53 percent of voters in union budgets supported Hillary Clinton, indicating that Biden appears to have built on his predecessor’s position among organized workers in the state.
President Trump increased his share of the vote in the group in a similar manner, but by only a single percentage point. Forty-one percent of the union’s household voters said they supported the commander-in-chief in Tuesday’s election, an increase from the 40 percent who said the same four years ago.
According to preliminary data, just under a quarter of respondents (22 percent) said they lived in the same household as a union member. Seventy-eight percent said they did not live with a union member.
Trumpf scored better for households without union members. A narrow majority (52 percent) of non-union voters in households supported the president, while 46 percent said they chose Biden according to the exit poll.
In 2016, the demographic split between Trump and Clinton was much narrower. Forty-eight percent of non-union voters supported Trump, the then candidate, while 47 percent supported the former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate.
Edison Research’s preliminary exit data from Michigan is based on interviews with more than 2,700 voters. The numbers may be updated as more results and data come in.
Former Vice President Biden was declared the winner in Michigan on Wednesday night as he led President Trump by more than 2 percentage points and garnered more than 98 percent of the estimated vote. Just over 134,000 votes separated the Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent in Trump State, who won by a narrow margin of 0.3 points four years ago.
As Biden was on his way to capture the state and its decisive 16 votes from the electoral college, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to stop the count, arguing that it had been denied “reasonable access” to observe the counting stations.
“We filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to stop counting until “meaningful access” is granted,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement. “We are also calling for review of the ballots that were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.
At the time of writing, Biden is assuming 253 votes in the Electoral College versus the 270 votes needed to secure the White House. President Trump’s total number is 214, with six national votes still to be counted.