Michigan House Campaigns Get Early Start in 2012

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Dems feel they can pick up some seats

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING (AP) -- Election season gets off to an early start this year for the Michigan House.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in two districts to fill vacancies left by former lawmakers. One seat covers a portion of Genesee County, while the other covers part of Oakland County.

The winners would have to run again to get full, two-year terms later in the year.

Republicans enter the 2012 election season with a 62-46 advantage over Democrats in the House.

Republicans appear confident they will hang on to their majority in the November election. But Democrats say they have issues to run on in 2012 and they expect to be helped by incumbents at the top of the ticket, including President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

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