Work shot for a story on Michigan's 11th District Congressional race in 2018 between Democrat Haley Stevens and Republican Lena Epstein for Der Spiegel.

A volunteer prepares a backdrop of yard signs for Haley Stevens to take a photo with a group of volunteers at her Novi field office two days before the midterm elections. 

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Stevens takes a photo with volunteers and Ilyse Hogue, the president of the pro-choice organization NARAL.

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Michelle Swanson references the door knocking map given to her by the Stevens campaign in the suburban neighborhood Canton, MI. Swanson lives in Ann Arbor, a Democratic city outside of the 11th District, but was eager to help out the Democrats in a swing district.

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Michelle Swanson wears a Haley Stevens pin while door to door campaigning in Canton, MI.

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Michelle Swanson leaves a sign in support of Stevens on a door.

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After dark, Michelle Swanson cross references the door knocking map given to her by the Haley Stevens campaign with Google Maps on her phone.

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Volunteers for the Oakland County Republican Party make phone calls to voters the night before the election.

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A volunteer for the Oakland County Republican Party makes phone calls to encourage voters to vote Republican.

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A cardboard cut out of President Trump is set up near the kitchenette at the Oakland County Republican Party headquarters before the election.

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Left to right, Valentina and Albertina update the number of yard signs the Oakland County Republicans have left to give out to volunteers.

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Theresa Mungioli, Chairwoman of the Oakland County Republican Party, stands in front of a map of Oakland County.

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The night before the election, a volunteer for the Oakland County Republican Party makes phone calls to encourage 11th District Republican voters to turn out.

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Dominic Jakubowski, 18, wears a "Make America Great Again" hat at the Young GOP volunteer party at the Oakland County Republican Party headquarters the night before the election. Dominic supported Trump "from the beginning" and is volunteering by planting yard signs in support of Republican candidates outside of polling stations.

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Diane Smith in her home before going out to knock on doors in support of Proposal 2. Diane spent most of her life uninterested in politics but voting Republican. That changed after the 2016 election when Diane said, "I cried for three whole days." Since then Diane has been extremely involved in volunteering for Democratic.

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Diane Smith hanging a sign on a door in Novi in support of Proposal 2, which limits Michigan's dominant political parties from gerrymandering voting districts.

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Guests watch CNN on a projector at the Haley Stevens post-election party in Birmingham, MI.

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Sunday Sudek, 66, applauds as Democrat victories from around the United States are announced on CNN.

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Nicole Bedi, 40, hugs her friend after CNN confirmed that the Democrats had taken an official lead in the House of Representatives.

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Haley Stevens gives a victory speech at her post-election party.

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Brandy Matthie cries and holds her daughter, Hollyn, as Emma, her oldest daughter rests her hands on her mother's shoulders during Haley Stevens' victory speech. Brandy feels relief after the midterm elections. "The 2016 election was the biggest heartbreak. This is the first step in taking our country back."

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Supporters in the crowd as Haley gives her victory speech at her post-election party.

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Surrounded by press, Haley Stevens greets supporters and volunteers.

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The morning after the election, Diane Smith greets Der Spiegel with a scream of excitement. After knocking on 900 doors until her "knuckles turned blue" and all of her volunteer work, Proposal 2 passed.

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