Voter turnout has been pegged at just over 50-percent by Michigan’s Secretary of State. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says he thinks it might be even less than that.
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So, who does the low turnout hurt the most?
“Democrats are the ones that are suffering from apathy, and [gubernatorial candidate] Virg Bernero desperately tried… remember last weekend? They brought in Bill Clinton who is immensely popular. What they got — they got 500 people at a school in Detroit,” Skubick said.
“You know right then that Mr. Bernero might be on trouble. But, I talked to him today — he’s not throwing in the towel. He believe they are winning the ground game, which is to get out the vote, even though they lost the money game to Mr. Snyder,” he said.
Skubick thinks that Michigan voter turnout will end up at around 45-percent of registered voters.
Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land estimated about 3.8 million voters across the state would turn out for Tuesday’s election, 52 percent of Michigan’s 7.3 million registered voters. In Detroit, City Clerk Janice Winfrey estimated 25 to 30 percent of the city’s 562,000 registered voters would go to the polls.
We’ll know more after the polls close at 8 p.m.
For those who did visit the polls, what brought them out?
“Jobs, you know, and health care — especially for the Seniors. I don’t want their Social Security to be taken away,” a voter told WWJ.
“Hopefully, to get somebody new in there, to do what’s best for Michigan,” said one woman.
“I haven’t researched very much of it, but can we please get some jobs?” asked another voter.
Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 Tuesday night for the latest election results.
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