Analysis: Democrats Headed for the Rocks Early On

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The national mood of voter unrest that swept through many states Tuesday played a large part in the shellacking Democratic candidates took in Michigan.

Republicans swept the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state education board seats while winning control of the state House and a majority on the Michigan Supreme Court.

The signs were clear in early January that Michigan Democrats were headed for a rough year.

That's when Lt. Gov. John Cherry withdrew from the governor's race, saying he wasn't raising the money he needed to mount a credible campaign.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm's unpopularity was tough for other Democrats to overcome. Democratic nominee Virg Bernero never raised enough money to beat GOP multimillionaire Rick Snyder.


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