Democrats May Influence Michigan GOP Primary

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

In Michigan, it's a close race between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. Some polls show Santorum slightly in the lead, but Romney is not losing momentum.

"Romney has more money to spend in the campaign and seems to be a little more aggressive in the campaign. I think it's going to be really tight on election day," said political analyst Tom Shields.

Michigan is Romney's home state and some see that as an advantage for him. Even so, Shields says Santorum may stand a better chance with Democrats.

"They [Democrats] would want to elect the weakest Republican in their minds and elect somebody that they think Obama can beat," Shields said.

Experts say that means Romney is out since he's seen as the strongest of the four GOP candidates. As Santorum takes the lead in Michigan, Democrats may just help to give him that extra boost.

"If you can beat Romney in his home state where he was born in Michigan here, you can have a negative effect on his campaign and potentially get him out of the race which is really what I think the Democrats want to do," said Shields.

However, the Michigan Democratic Party says they won't need that help and they're not encouraging such actions.

"We feel that all of these candidates are very weak and we don't have a problem running against any of them," said John Tramontana, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party.

Shields expects 10% of the voters in the upcoming primary to be Democrats and thinks some of them will vote for Romney.

"Some of the moderate Democrats or conservative Democrats would probably feel more comfortable with Gov. Romney as president," said Shields.

Others will vote for Santorum, trying to drag the primary out as long as possible to help President Obama.


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  • by Anon_1 Location: Michigan on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    I am voting for Obama come November. Not because he deserves a second term; but, because ALL the Republican candidates are clowns---none of them have an idea of what it is to be middle-class, unemployed, and about to lose their home!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Both romney and santorum are strong candidates. Most of the candidates that were running were capable of beating obama, but those two have more experience than obama did.
  • by Phil Location: St Johns on Feb 19, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    This is a major flaw in Michigan's voting laws. I don't remember our media reporting on this in 2004 when George Bush was the incumbant. Is it because the media is trying to entice the public to play this game? The trouble with our Electoral system is manipulation from organzations (ie unions, churches, NRA, Hollywood and the media) from both sides of the isle.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:00 AM
    SURE this is going to happen, Doesnt take a Rocket Scientist to figure this out. Same as the Main Stream Media, they too also focus and write about candidates who cant win, Making everyday citizens who do not follow the issues lean towards who the MSM picks. Notice no talk of NEWT, and his position in their so called polls. .... Watch out and beware...for it is the MSM and others who will choose the GOP Candidate, and that one wont beat barack. Political meddling at its finest.
  • by Ted Location: Pennsylvania on Feb 18, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    Be careful what you wish for!
  • by Kerri Tang Location: Lansing on Feb 18, 2012 at 06:54 AM
    We don't need your vote. Stay home.
  • by Chris on Feb 18, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    Why would anyone do that, isn't the propose to elect the best for the country? Who you slyly manipulate into office may become president.
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