Democrats pick up seats but "squander money" in fight for State House

Nov 7, 2012

Despite losing a handful of seats in Tuesday’s election, Republicans have hung on to a small majority in the state House.

Democrats look to have picked up five seats, narrowing GOP control to eight.

Inside Michigan Politics Editor Bill Ballenger said Democrats had a chance to take control of the House.

“But apparently they squandered three-quarters of a million dollars trying to beat the speaker in a 57% Republican district out of some, I guess, personal vendetta about the Roy Schmidt party switch,” Ballenger said.

House Speaker Jase Bolger has been embroiled in an election-rigging scandal involving Representative Roy Schmidt’s switch to the GOP in May.

Bolger won his reelection bid.

State Democrats say they spent their money wisely trying to take down the speaker.