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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  • by Mary Location: Haslett on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    May I remind Democrats voting in the Republican Primary - what goes around, come around. Please remember that the next time you have a primary that is tight...it has happened to Democratic candidates in a primary election and it can happen again.
  • by Donald Location: Holt, MI on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    The way I see it, I'd want to vote for the person who makes it hardest for me to vote for Obama. I think a good competition is best for both parties. And I think that Paul is a step in the right direction for the Republican party. So... that's why I voted for him. I dunno if I can fairly say I'm a Democrat, given that the only Democrat that I can currently remember voting for is Obama. Then again, I'm not a big fan of voting based on party lines, either. Vote a person into the executive branch, not a party. Parties totally suck (like my critical analysis there?) and give in to way too much groupthink. Individuals sometimes can deviate. Which is good. I like that. People, and issues, are nowhere near as simple as parties might try and make them out to be. Also, I'm only 23. So... yeah, given the chance, I probably would've voted for Gore, Kerry, and Bill. But if you look at my record that started since I could actually vote, it does tend to paint a more Republican picture. So far....
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