Michigan Democrats Hoping To Make Impact

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

As Michigan voters took to the polls on Tuesday, it was a widespread belief that either Michigan-born Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum would come out on top. Despite the front-runner status those two held, many Michigan Democrats had a plan of their own.

"I came out to support Barack Obama," East Lansing Democrat, Ryan Wolter, said. "I did pick a candidate, not Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney. I picked Ron Paul because he isn't getting as much buzz."

Wolter was hoping to be like many Michigan Democrats and vote for a candidate he feels can't beat President Obama in the general election in November.

Michigan Democrats weren't the only ones trying to change votes on Tuesday. Many Democrats received a robocall from the Santorum campaign on Monday night, urging them to vote against Romney. But, those efforts didn't seem to affect voters at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

"When you have open primary elections it is my belief that you need to support the party that you truly believe is the party that should be elected," Kathy Rodgers said.

"I just think that's naughty politics," East Lansing voter, Mary Sharp, said. "I don't like to throw another party off."

Others out voting on Tuesday called the attempt by Santorum and Michigan Democrats just politics as usual.

"In politics, it's all about fair game," Daniel Chavez-Yenter, said.

Michigan voters won't have to wait long for the results. The polls close at 8 p.m. Stay with wilx.com for updates.

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