2008 Anemic Michigan Voter Turnout
posted by January 15 at 16:00 PMon
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.