Possible Shift of Power in State House

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Earl Poleski wants your vote. This accountant and relative newcomer is running for a seat in the state house, and for weeks, he's been going door to door in Jackson introducing himself.

"I feel confident when I come away from people's doors," Poleski said. "They say they will vote for me."

The incumbent, Marty Griffin, is running for his third term. He's got name recognition and experience and said he's gotten a similar response out on the campaign trail.

"What we're finding is people are very gracious," Griffin said. "They tare telling me they are still behind me, which is nice to hear."

So who wins? It may still be too close to call.

Pollster Bernie Porn said there are a lot of close races in the state house this election year.

"There are 15 seats really up for grabs in terms of likely turnover," Porn said, "And most of them are held by democrats."

Right now democrats hold 65 seats in the House, to the Republicans 42. Three seats are open. Porn said if the Republicans can win even a few back, suddenly power in the state house will shift.

"It's entirely possible if the top of the ticket runs well, power could shift in the state house of representative," he said.

Which means its possible the Republicans could control all three branches of state government come January. So when it's time to redraw district lines...

"It's a very partisan process," Porn said. "If one party holds control , they will redraw the line to benefit their party."

Which is something that would effect Michigan politics for a decade.

For Griffin and Poleski, they said they're just going to concentrate on their own campaigns for the next two weeks.

Porn said there are about eight to 10 close races in the Senate, which means it's possible the Republicans could lose their majority and control, but in his opinion, that's unlikely.


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