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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Anemic Michigan Voter Turnout

posted by on January 15 at 16:00 PM

Posted by Ryan S. Jackson

The Politico’s Jonathan Martin reports that the McCain camp is cutting back hard on expectations for tonight’s Michigan primary result as reports of bad weather and possibly sub-20% voter turnout may be just the right mix to put Mitt Romney over the top.

Senior Adviser Steve Schmidt strolled back into the press section of their charter plane en route from Traverse City to Yspilanti to start framing potential results. “Regardless of what happens here, we feel very good about South Carolina,” Schmidt said.

Michigan, Schmidt said repeatedly, amounts to a home game for Romney.

“I think he ran a favorite state candidacy — we’ll see if it works.”

Predictably, Schmidt said the stakes were enormous for Romney here.

Regarding his own candidate, Schmidt said it wouldn’t have a lot of impact either way.

“I think that if we win in Michigan, we get a little bit of a bump and I think that if we lose, we take, maybe, a quarter step back, but i don’t think it’s a big deal any way,” Schmidt argued.

McCain was hoping for a strong showing from independent voters and Democrats without anyone to vote for tonight, which, if early anecdotal reports are correct, probably isn’t going to happen.

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1

What? Bad weather in Michigan in JANUARY? Who would've thought? Jesus! This state SUCKS! It deserves whatever bad shit happens to it.

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 15, 2008 4:12 PM
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From what I'm reading, it may be a long time before we know the results of this. It seems the vast majority of the votes will be absentee votes.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 15, 2008 4:16 PM
3

let's hope Mittens pulls out a victory by a small margin.

Posted by ghostlawns | January 15, 2008 4:23 PM
4

Well, bad weather, and the fact that no one wants to vote for any of them in the first place......

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 4:32 PM
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Fuck all this guessing shit. "Weather is bad, so fucktard A will win, or snow plows got to X districts, an obvious conspiracy against Y voters". Let's just wait and see what happens, shall we?

Posted by NaFun | January 15, 2008 4:39 PM
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If you put all the pollsters and pundits out of a job, then we'd definitely have that Recession that everyone keeps talking about.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 4:43 PM
7

Only an insane person would vote Republicant.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 5:30 PM
8

@5,


All the weird little elements that combine to create, "CANDIDATE X WINS!" can be really interesting; the idea that some bad weather could create a "Romney Coming Back!" narrative even more so, and the humble birth of a new campaign talking point is always special to behold.


For what its worth, I'm with you on trying to handicap a race early by anecdotal stories.

Posted by R.Jackson, Intern | January 15, 2008 5:45 PM
9

michigan does not suck.

Posted by brandon | January 15, 2008 5:45 PM
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Brandon, do you live here? I forget. This state is a mess--a godawful horrendous mess. Trust me, it sucks. Big time. Economy? Sucks. Roads? Suck. Biggest urban area? Sucks. Housing market? Sucks. Elected government? Sucks. Weather (in January)? Yep. Sucks. Suckity suck suck sucks.

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 15, 2008 6:54 PM
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MM - not anymore - born n raised, before fleeing to CA 7 years ago [mostly due to weather and the impossibility of car-free living].

i'm not saying it doesn't have it's faults - the sprawl in the southeast is pretty hideous, the economy is in the tank, and ann arbor is the birthplace of the misguided sense of self-importance, to name but a few - but the lakes are gorge and the UP is the most under-rated piece of real estate in the continental US.

...sorry, i'm reflexively defensive when people talk smack about it!

Posted by brandon | January 15, 2008 7:59 PM
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What's amazing is that there were only about 100K votes cast for the GOP in what is a fairly populous state.

That really sucks. Like, about as many went to the caucuses in IA.

Shows the R's got nothing.

Posted by unPC | January 15, 2008 9:01 PM
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Deeeeep in the heart of Flyover Country! Wave as you pass by. Hey, there, Jesus!

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | January 15, 2008 9:49 PM
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Brandon--

I apologize for slamming your home state. I feel that way when people slam Indiana. You moved away right when we moved to the People's Republic of Ann Arbor! But the liberal bubble of Ann Arbor (which isn't *that* liberal, everyone) is a bit small. And this state has gotten crazy in the last 7 or so years. Even long-time residents of MI will tell us they don't know what's happening to their state anymore. Things are bad, and there's a lot of anger here. And then you have people looking to blame others--hence the recent anti-gay state constitutional amendment and the anti-affirmative action amendment. We're just waiting for the other shoe to drop here! And Governor Beauty Mark has been just about useless. /end rant/

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 16, 2008 6:25 AM

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