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Candidates Scramble with “Get Out the Vote” Efforts but Will it Help?

For the first time in what is believed to be Michigan history, there is no primary challenge in the same year for the gubernatorial and U. S. Senate race.  And with the lack of big name candidates at the top of the ticket there is concern the number of voters heading to the polls will hardly offset the cost of holding the elections.

DETNEWS.COM is reporting today that despite the significance of the outcome of tomorrow’s primary, fewer than one million voters in Michigan are likely to cast ballots.  That would be even less than the all-time low numbers recorded in August, 1990.

Many of the state and congressional seats could ‘in theory’ be decided tomorrow.  While the official vote is set for November, with district political leanings, it’s likely whoever wins in a number of districts, will emerge to take the seat in November.

And, with voters deciding what could be the first relatively competitive congressional races, the decision could last for years.

Democratic Congressman John Dingell announced his retirement from Congress after decades in office.  His political career began on Capitol Hill during the Eisenhower administration!

But despite anticipation of low voter turnout on Tuesday, some, like Kyle Melinn from MIRS News, says while there is only one statewide issue on the ballot, there are a number of local issues that should generate interest in heading to the polls.

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Melinn says there are at least 775 ballot questions up for a vote and many of them are funding requests that have generated a good amount of publicity.

Of the state races most of the House and Senate races are either locks or likely wins for one of the two political parties.

Polls open tomorrow morning at 7 and will stay open until 8 pm.

Join Jo Anne Paul and Steve Gruber weekdays from 5:30 to 9 AM on 1240 WJIM-AM and the Stations of the Michigan Talk Network.  Join the discussion by calling our hotline at (888) 900-9966!




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