U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was in Michigan on Sunday to throw his weight behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.Speaking at the Cobo Center in Detroit—the first of two rallies for the pair—Sanders praised the doctor\u0026#039;s \u0022very bold and progressive ideas,\u0022 and said, \u0022the ideas Abdul talks about are not fringe ideas, they are mainstream American ideas.\u0022\u0022I am here today with Abdul because working families in Vermont and Michigan and all over this country are sick and tired of a rigged economy in which the very rich get much richer while the middle class continues to shrink,\u0022 Sanders said to a crowd of an estimated 1,400.It looks like Michigan is ready to make history this Tuesday by voting for @AbdulElSayed to be its next Governor. Let\u0026#039;s do everything we can in the next few days to create a historic victory! https://t.co/4OPRXMtHk4 pic.twitter.com/1sn15Xozdi— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 5, 2018“Real change never takes place from the top on down, it is ALWAYS from the ground up” - @BernieSanders pic.twitter.com/kKEoVuTpNX— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 5, 2018Brushing off polling numbers showing Sayed, a former executive director of the Detroit Health Department, trailing behind opponents Shri Thanedar and Gretchen Whitmer, Sanders reminded the audience how polls showed him faring in the state in the 2016 presidential primaries. The day before those primaries, \u0022the polls had me 27 points behind,\u0022 Sanders said. \u0022That was pretty good, because the poll the day before had me 36 points behind. Well, we won that election. And by the way, so will Abdul,\u0022 Sanders said.El-Sayed, for his part, asked the crowd why we are \u0022allowing CEOs and big corporations to take home $13 million a year while 600,000 of our sisters and brothers still don\u0026#039;t have access to healthcare,\u0022 and pointed to the need for a state-level Medicare for all healthcare system, one of his campaign issues.\u0022We hold these truths to be self evident, that all people are created equal. But if that\u0026#039;s true, we have a lot of work left to do.\u0022 - @AbdulElSayed #DoneWaiting pic.twitter.com/7rMWHbW5jA— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 5, 2018The primary is Aug. 7. If he wins the general election in November, El-Sayed would be the nation\u0026#039;s first Muslim governor.