In these final weeks before the November election and with the polls tightening in  key races, Michigan's native son is returning to the state to use his "new found" popularity to shore up the base and sway undecided voters to the GOP side.  But while Romney is appearing with others at the top of the ticket, there will be one empty seat.

Governor Snyder to miss the event due to "official office" duties

The Associated Press is reporting that Governor Rick Snyder will not be in attendance at the public event next month in Livonia, but will hold another of his town hall-style forums later in the evening in nearby Sterling Heights.  His office said the reason is a scheduling conflict regarding his official duties as governor.

The Detroit News confirmed that Governor Romney is scheduled to come to Michigan on October 2 for an event dubbed "ComMITT to the Comeback Rally" to be held at Laurel Manor at 11:30 in the morning.

Romney will be joined there by U. S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Attorney General Bill Schuette. and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.   Congressional candidates are also expected to be on hand along with GOP leaders and activists.

This will be the second time Romney has been here this year to campaign for Schuette.

The article said the rally is designed to energize the base, get them to the polls and raise money.

Recent polling conducted for the Detroit News has found the races at the top of the ticket could generate a nail-biter come election night.   GOP candidates Land and Schuette suffered a setback this month when former Michigan Republican Governor William Milliken endorsed their democratic opponents.

It's unclear, though, whether that endorsement will carry much weight with voters.

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