Seven days from Election 2020, polls showed President Donald Trump trailing behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden, both nationally and in key swing states, including Michigan.
The campaigns were stomping all over Michigan in the final days, and had been for several weeks, vying for the state's 16 electoral college votes in the race for the White House.
The CBS News 2020 Battleground Tracker predicted, as of Oct. 25, 2020, that Biden was in the lead with 279 electoral votes to Trump's 163.
In Michigan, the tracker predicted Biden was leading with 53% of the expected voted to Trump's 45%, with a margin of error of 5.8%.
The predictions weren't that dissimilar in the 2016 election, when polls predicted Trump would've lost Michigan to then contender Hillary Clinton, but the polls were wrong. Trump went on to win Michigan in 2016 by 10,704 votes.
Voting in Michigan was already underway for the 2020 election, and with seven days left until Election Day, the state had already recorded a record-breaking 2.1 million ballots cast out of 3.1 million absentee ballot requested.
"At this point, if someone still has a ballot, if you're one of those 1 million who still has a ballot, we don’t want you to use the mail to return it. It's just too late. It's one week until the polls close and your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day. Use one of the drop boxes in your local community or return it in person at your local clerk's office. As long as it's in one of those two places by 8 p.m. Election Day it will count," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said.
Benson said the state was on track to have record-breaking voter turnout for the 2020 election, estimating that 5 million to 5.5 million Michigan residents would vote.