ROYAL OAK (WWJ/AP) — In news that surprised no one, Barack Obama was chosen as Michigan’s Democratic nominee for president in a Saturday caucus vote.

Democrats gathered at more than 200 caucus sites around the state to formally cast ballots for Obama as their presidential favorite. Registration happened from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT Saturday, with voting beginning immediately afterward.

Frank Houston, Oakland County Democratic Party chairman, worked the polls in Royal Oak, where he said 50 people turned out to vote. About 90 percent of them also committed to working on the president’s re-election campaign, which Houston called “encouraging.”

Voters had to indicate at registration that were participating as Democrats, but there’s no requirement to join the party or even be a registered voter. Participants have to be eligible to vote in November, a requirement that will allow those not quite 18 to vote in the caucuses.

Democrats who voted in the Feb. 28 presidential primary can still attend the caucuses and vote.

Michigan native Mitt Romney narrowly won the state’s Republican presidential primary.

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