When the election happens, no matter what happens, you’ll understand why.

The 8th will introduce you to the voters who will be pivotal in deciding who controls the White House and Congress in 2021. It will tell the story – in real time – about what these voters believe, what they want from politicians, and why they vote how they vote.

Get out of your bubble and get into to The 8th — a toss-up district in a toss-up state. 

In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency with the help of once-reliably “red” places like Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. But in the 2018 midterms, politics in that district shifted left: A relatively unknown Democrat who’d never held elected office managed an upset victory over a Republican incumbent. Since then, that congresswoman — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin — has emerged as a national political figure. And her criticism of the president threatens her prospects for a second term in Congress.

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About Michigan's 8th Congressional District

In Michigan, a crucial swing state Trump carried by just 10,704 votes, no House race is expected to be as competitive as the 8th. Drawn (and redrawn) to increasingly favor Republicans, GOP congressmen held the seat for nearly 20 years, and voters went for Trump in 2016. Then, in 2018, it flipped, booting out incumbent Mike Bishop and electing political newcomer Elissa Slotkin.

“It’s such a battleground,” says Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor for The Cook Political Report. “It’s one of those dozen [of districts in the country] where Trump won barely about half the vote in ‘16, and Democrats flipped a seat in ‘18. So this is going to attract a lot of national attention. It really is one of the purest toss-ups in the country. And it’s a place that both parties are putting a lot of time and attention and money.”