Rick Santorum http://michiganradio.org en Santorum rally in front of GOP headquarters fizzles http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-rally-front-gop-headquarters-fizzles <p>A rally was scheduled for last night to protest the Michigan Republican Party&rsquo;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/one-week-after-mi-primary-santorum-continues-dispute-results">decision to award both of the state&rsquo;s at-large national convention delegates to Mitt Romney</a>. Supporters of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> say he was denied his fair share of the delegates because he won almost half the statewide vote.</p><p>But only a handful of people showed up at the state Republican headquarters in Lansing, and they were quickly invited inside for a closed-door meeting with party officials. One of them was Spencer Austin, who said he was with Students for Santorum.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m here to, uh, I&rsquo;m not going to say protest -- because I think that&rsquo;s a flaky term &ndash; I&rsquo;m here just to prove a point: I feel that Santorum was cheated out of delegates,&quot; Austin said.</p><p>Matt Frendeway is a spokesman for the state Republican party.</p><p>&ldquo;Republicans, from time to time we have disputes, we have disagreements, but we settle it within the family. We&rsquo;re focused on November. We&rsquo;re focused on defeating President Obama. And we&rsquo;re going to sit down and talk about any differences we have and we&rsquo;re going to settle them because, most importantly, we&rsquo;re going to focus on November,&quot; said Frendeway.</p><p>A Facebook posting by a rally organizer says the effort is focused instead on recruiting people to run as delegates to the Michigan Republicans&rsquo; statewide convention in May that will decide who goes to the Republican&nbsp; national convention.</p><p>State Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak has sent a letter to party activists apologizing for the confusion over how the delegates were allocated. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:35:17 +0000 Rick Pluta 6513 at http://michiganradio.org One week after the MI primary, Santorum continues to dispute results http://michiganradio.org/post/one-week-after-mi-primary-santorum-continues-dispute-results <p>Though the state&#39;s primary was almost a week ago, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> campaign is continuing to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/election-results-michigans-republican-presidential-primary">dispute the primary&#39;s results</a>. The campaign has taken their fight over the way the Michigan Republican Party <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-give-romney-16-delegates-santorum-14">apportioned two of the state&#39;s at-large delegates</a> to the Republican National Committee.</p><p>The campaign is also organizing a rally to be held later today in front of the Michigan Republican headquarters in Lansing. Santorum supporters will call on Michigan GOP leaders to reconsider their decision to award both the party&rsquo;s statewide delegates to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a>.</p><p>They say party leaders changed the rules to avoid awarding one apiece to Romney and Santorum, who ran a close second in<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary"> last week&rsquo;s Michigan primary</a> and won half of the state&rsquo;s congressional districts.</p><p>Last week, after the committee <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-give-romney-16-delegates-santorum-14">voted in favor of giving the two at-large delegates to Romney</a>, Mike Cox, the state&#39;s former Attorney General - and Romney supporter - called the decision, &quot;kind of like third world voting.&quot;</p><p>A state Republican spokesman says that decision is now in the hands of the national GOP and calls the rally a needless distraction from the focus on helping Republicans win in November.</p><p>We took a closer look at the controversy over so-called &quot;dele-gate&quot; on Friday. You can take a listen at the link above. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:48:31 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 6494 at http://michiganradio.org One week after the MI primary, Santorum continues to dispute results Santorum campaign requests investigation of Michigan GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-campaign-requests-investigation-michigan-gop <p>Rick Santorum&rsquo;s presidential campaign has formally asked the Republican National Committee to investigate the actions of Michigan&nbsp;GOP leaders following Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary.</p><p>The Santorum campaign delivered a letter to the Republican&nbsp;National Committee requesting the inquiry.</p><p>Santorum says it appears&nbsp;supporters of Mitt Romney engineered a rule-change after Tuesday&rsquo;s&nbsp;vote to ensure Romney got more delegates than he deserved following a&nbsp;very-thin victory in the overall Republican primary vote.</p><p>The letter offers a list of six questions that were raised&nbsp;concerning how the Michigan Republicans decided to award 16 delegates to&nbsp;Romney and 14 to Santorum.</p><p>The letter says the issue is not who should get a delegate, but&nbsp;the openness and transparency of the process.</p><p>Michigan Republican leaders say the rules were not changed after&nbsp;the fact, but the party did a poor job of explaining its plan on how&nbsp;delegates would be allocated.</p><p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:25:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 6481 at http://michiganradio.org The Romneys and Religion http://michiganradio.org/post/romneys-and-religion <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">I was a teenager back when Mitt Romney&rsquo;s father, George, was governor of Michigan, and made his own run for the Republican Presidential nomination. I was already fascinated by politics, and followed that race closely. And here&rsquo;s something you may find interesting. Back in nineteen-sixty-eight, nobody seemed to care that George Romney was a Mormon. Now, his formal campaign didn&rsquo;t last very long. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:47:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6465 at http://michiganradio.org The Romneys and Religion Michigan's 15-15 delegate tie becomes Romney 16, Santorum 14 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-15-15-delegate-tie-becomes-romney-16-santorum-14 The tussle over every last delegate in the GOP nomination battle could get ugly, if what happened in Michigan late Wednesday is any indicator.<p>In a 4-2 vote, the Credentials Committee of the Michigan Republican Party apparently reversed course on a stated delegate selection formula and awarded both statewide delegates to Mitt Romney. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:01:08 +0000 S.V. DÁTE 6462 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's 15-15 delegate tie becomes Romney 16, Santorum 14 Super Pacs spent big in Michigan's Republican presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/super-pacs-spent-big-michigans-republican-presidential-primary <p>A&nbsp;new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance&nbsp;Network&nbsp;shows&nbsp;Super Pacs outspent the candidates in Michigan&rsquo;s Republican&nbsp;president primary.</p><p>It should be no surprise that a lot of money was spent in the days and weeks leading up to Tuesday&rsquo;s Republican presidential primary. It&rsquo;s probably also not a surprise that much of the money was spent by third party groups.</p><p>Winner Mitt Romney&rsquo;s campaign spent one and a half million dollars on TV ads during the primary campaign. A pro-Romney Super Pac spent nearly two million dollars during the campaign.</p><p>Runner-up Rick Santorum spent just under a million dollars, while a pro-Santorum Super Pac spent over a million dollars.</p><p>Third place finisher Ron Paul spent less than 60 thousand dollars for TV ads in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Paul&nbsp;had no&nbsp;support from&nbsp;Super Pacs.</p><p>&quot;Money prevailed in the end as it usually does,&quot; says Rich Robinson of the Michigan&nbsp;Campaign Finance Network.</p><p>Breaking down the numbers,&nbsp;Mitt Romney and his Super Pac spent about $8.45&nbsp;for each vote the former Massachusetts governor received in the primary.</p><p>Rick Santorum and his Super Pac spent about $5.81&nbsp;per primary vote in Michigan.</p><p>Third place finisher Ron Paul spent a relatively frugal&nbsp;48 cents per vote. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:31:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 6454 at http://michiganradio.org Super Pacs spent big in Michigan's Republican presidential primary Michigan Republicans give Romney 16 delegates, Santorum 14 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-give-romney-16-delegates-santorum-14 <p><strong>Update 5:11 p.m.</strong> - <em>Santorum camp questions legitimacy of Michigan&#39;s Republican Party leadership</em> <em>after delegate flap</em></p><p>The Michigan Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan&rsquo;s statewide at-large delegates to the Republican national convention this coming summer to Mitt Romney.</p><p>The decision by the Michigan Republican Party&rsquo;s credentials committee was based on Romney&rsquo;s slim majority of the popular vote in Tuesday&rsquo;s primary.</p><p>But some people are crying foul. They say Rick Santorum&rsquo;s close runner-up finish entitles him to one of the at-large delegates. And they say the rules were changed at the last minute to benefit Romney.</p><p>Matt Frendeway, spokesman for the state Republican Party, says that&rsquo;s not true.</p><p>&ldquo;Even before Tuesday night&rsquo;s vote, this is exactly the way we intended to allocate the delegates. There&rsquo;s no backdoor deals, no smoke-filled rooms, as some people might allege,&rdquo; said Frendeway.</p><p>A spokesman for the Rick Santorum campaign says the decision calls into question the &ldquo;legitimacy&rdquo; of the state&rsquo;s Republican Party leadership.</p><p><strong>1:17 p.m.</strong></p><p>This just in from Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Lansing Bureau Chief:</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/michigan-republican-party">Michigan Republican Party</a> has awarded both the state&#39;s at-large national convention delegates to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a>, despite a close vote in Tuesday&#39;s primary.</p><p>A spokesman for top rival <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> says the decision by party leaders calls into questions the &quot;legitimacy&quot; of the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p>Former state Attorney General Mike Cox chairs the state GOP credentials committee and is a Romney supporter. But he tells the news service MIRS.dot.com that the committee&#39;s decision is &quot;kind of like third world voting.&quot; Santorum and Romney evenly split the state&#39;s congressional districts -- and the delegates that go with them. That makes the delegate count 16 for Romney and 14 for Santorum.</p></blockquote><p>Late yesterday afternoon it looked as thought the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-primary-over-delegate-count-isnt"> delegates would be evenly split</a> - 15 to 15 - between Romney and Santorum. The official <a href="http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/12PPR/12PPRall.html">voting totals from Tuesday&#39;s presidential primary</a> have not yet been certified by the Secretary of State. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:17:15 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 6449 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum claims partial Michigan victory http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-claims-partial-michigan-victory <p>Republican presidential hopeful <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum&rsquo;s campaign</a> says it&rsquo;s wrong to call Mitt Romney&rsquo;s slim edge in the popular vote in the Michigan primary a victory when they might both wind up with <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-primary-over-delegate-count-isnt">the same number of delegates</a>. The latest count shows Romney and Santorum both winning seven Michigan congressional districts and the delegates that go with them.</p><p>&ldquo;Strategically, we were targeting delegates more than anything else. Based on all those premises, you can only look at Michigan and move it to a tie,&rdquo; says John Brabender, a senior Santorum campaign official.</p><p>The vote tally is still being finalized, but Braybender says Santorum and Romney should both qualify for 15 delegates. Romney has complained that Santorum called on Democrats to vote in the state&rsquo;s GOP primary. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:10:55 +0000 Rick Pluta 6440 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum claims partial Michigan victory Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary http://michiganradio.org/post/election-results-michigans-republican-presidential-primary <p><strong><em>Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Precincts Reporting - 96%</em></strong></p><ul><li><strong>41.0%&nbsp;&nbsp; Mitt Romney - 395,360 votes</strong></li><li><strong>37.9%&nbsp;&nbsp; Rick Santorum- 366,146 votes</strong></li><li><strong>11.6%&nbsp;&nbsp; Ron Paul - 112,232 votes</strong></li><li><strong>6.5%&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Newt Gingrich - 62,858 votes</strong></li></ul><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/picking-winner-michigans-primary-not-simple-you-might-think">As we reported earlier</a>, Michigan&#39;s 30 delegates will be awarded by the popular vote (2 delegates), and for winning each of the 14 congressional districts (2 delegates for each district).</p><p>As of 11:55 this evening, the <a href="http://migopprimary.com/index.asp">Michigan Republican Party</a> is still determining the final delegate count.</p><p><strong>10:34 p.m.</strong></p><p>NPR has projected that Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. The delegates for the 14 congressional districts in Michigan still remain to be tallied.</p><p><strong>10:13 p.m.</strong></p><p>Rick Santorum has taken the stage in Grand Rapids, saying they&#39;ve put up a good fight in his opponent&#39;s backyard.</p><p>&quot;The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates in Michigan... and all I have to say is, I love you back,&quot; said Santorum.</p><p><strong>10:05 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/results/live/2012-02-28">The New York Times</a> reports that &quot;Mitt Romney has received a larger share of the vote than in 2008 in 62 of the 76 Michigan counties to have reported at least some results so far.&quot;</p><p>A good sign for Mitt Romney.</p><p>More from Mark Memmott at NPR.org:</p><ul><li class="r0">From NPR&#39;s Don Gonyea: &quot;Santorum crowd&#39;s hope for knock-out punch in MI fading as incoming vote totals now trending wrong way for them.&quot; (<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/DonGonyea/status/174688573612756992" target="_blank">link</a>) <span class="date">3 minutes ago</span></li><li class="r1">Here&#39;s how the AP is characterizing the race in Michigan: &quot;Mitt Romney ... is pulling ahead of Rick Santorum.&quot; <span class="date">4 minutes ago</span> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:55:00 +0000 Mark Brush 6417 at http://michiganradio.org Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary Santorum speaks to campaign gathering in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-speaks-campaign-gathering-grand-rapids <p>Rick Santorum gave a speech to his supporters at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids.</p><p>He said his campaign put up a good fight in his opponent&#39;s backyard.</p><p>&quot;The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates in Michigan, and all I have to say is I love them back,&quot; said Santorum.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Don Gonyea characterized the speech as a concession speech even though he didn&#39;t formally congratulate his opponent in the speech. Santorum could pick up Michigan delegates depending on how votes in Michigan&#39;s 14 congressional districts shake out.</p><p>Santorum spent part of the speech talking about energy and how President Obama is keeping a lid on traditional energy exploration in the U.S. to the detriment of the economy.</p><p>We&#39;ll have more later from MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 03:43:56 +0000 Mark Brush 6421 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum speaks to campaign gathering in Grand Rapids Picking a winner in Michigan's primary: not as simple as you might think http://michiganradio.org/post/picking-winner-michigans-primary-not-simple-you-might-think <p>In a race that&#39;s as close and contentious as Michigan&#39;s Republican primary has shaped up to be, one would hope that after the dust settles at the end of election day, a winner will have emerged and we can all start speculating about the next group of states set to vote on Super Tuesday (even if Michigan<em> <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-some-lovin-republican-presidential-candidates">has</a></em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-some-lovin-republican-presidential-candidates"> secretly been enjoying all the extra media attention</a>).</p><p>But as MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta told Michigan Radio&#39;s Zoe Clark <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/seven-minutes-pure-politics-dirty-tricks-polls-and-delegates-oh-my">earlier today</a>, it&#39;s not quite that simple.</p><p>According to Pluta, &quot;winning&quot;&nbsp; in Michigan really depends on whether you&#39;re talking about taking the popular vote&nbsp; or the delegate count.</p><p>With the way the State&#39;s primary is set up, the two don&#39;t necessarily have to be won by the same candidate.</p><p>Pluta explains that Michigan&#39;s 30 delegates will be apportioned as follows:</p><ul><li><strong>2 delegates</strong> will be awarded for the candidate who wins the popular vote</li><li><strong>2 delegates</strong> for each of the 14 congressional districts* in Michigan, <strong><em>28 delegates&nbsp; in total </em></strong><em>(*Note: Michigan currently has 15 congressional districts but the state is losing a district this year because of the state&#39;s population decline in the 2010 Census)</em>.</li></ul><p>So say, for example, that Mitt Romney, who has focused a lot on the relatively populous southeast part of the state, wins the popular vote.</p><p>He&#39;ll pick up 2 delegates for the popular vote and delegates for the districts he won.</p><p>But Rick Santorum, who has been courting conservatives outside of southeast Michigan, could pick up more delegates by winning in more districts.</p><p>It could mirror the 2000 election results where one candidate wins the popular vote, but the other picks up more delegates.</p><p>This is just one possibility - one exciting possibility, especially for political junkies.</p><p>According to Pluta, a lot of permutations are conceivable&nbsp; including a full on tie with delegates evenly split. (For you hard-core political junkies, Nate Silver at the New York Times has <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/examining-michigans-delegate-math/">a detailed breakdown of likely outcomes</a> broken down by district)</p><p>With all this possible ambiguity, how is a winner decided? Are delegates or total votes more important?</p><p>Depending on who takes what, the candidates will no doubt try to spin the results in their favor, but Pluta says that at this point, just a week before Super Tuesday when roughly a third of all delegates are set to be awarded in a ten-state contest, perceived momentum from the popular vote could likely trump the relatively small number of delegates available in Michigan.</p><p>That is, of course, unless things drag on all the way to<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what-if-romney-loses"> a brokered convention</a> in which case every delegate could be crucial.</p><p>Either way, after today Michigan can sit back and watch the horse race continue.</p><p><em>- John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:30:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6413 at http://michiganradio.org Picking a winner in Michigan's primary: not as simple as you might think Seven minutes of pure politics (Dirty-tricks, polls, and delegates, oh my!) http://michiganradio.org/post/seven-minutes-pure-politics-dirty-tricks-polls-and-delegates-oh-my <p>It&#39;s here: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/after-weeks-campaigning-election-day-here">The Michigan presidential primary</a>.</p><p>You&#39;ve got questions? We&#39;ve got answers.</p><p>Join Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and me for seven minutes of pure-politics (you just gotta click the &quot;listen&quot; link above... <em>really</em>, it&#39;s that easy).</p><p>Want to know more about the Santorum campaign&#39;s so-called &quot;dirty tricks&quot;? We got that.</p><p>Want to know how Romney could win the state&#39;s popular vote... but Santorum could actually win more delegates? We got that, too.</p><p>Oh, and how about the latest poll numbers? Don&#39;t worry, we&#39;ve got you covered.</p><p>So, take a listen... in seven minutes you&#39;ll get up to date on what you need to know about today&#39;s primary. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:43:23 +0000 Zoe Clark 6407 at http://michiganradio.org Seven minutes of pure politics (Dirty-tricks, polls, and delegates, oh my!) Romney says Santorum trying to 'kidnap' Michigan primary http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-says-santorum-trying-kidnap-michigan-primary <p>In a close race, every vote counts.</p><p>Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is accusing his rival Rick Santorum of trying to squeeze votes out of Democrats in Michigan.</p><p>Michigan holds an open primary, so Michgian voters can vote across party lines.</p><p>One source from Grand Rapids has experienced this. Mary from Grand Rapids wrote into our Public Insight Network this morning:</p><blockquote><p><span>Yesterday, I received 3 calls from the Santorum campaign to vote today. I am a registered Democrat. This morning I received one more from the Red, White and Blue Fund (Santorum). </span></p></blockquote><p>More on Romney&#39;s response to this tactic from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Mitt Romney says he&#39;s struggling with the Republican Party&#39;s right wing in Michigan because he&#39;s unwilling to make &quot;incendiary&quot; comments. He also accused rival Rick Santorum<br />of trying to &quot;kidnap&quot; the presidential nominating process with automated calls urging Democrats to vote in Tuesday&#39;s primary in Michigan.</p><p>Speaking to reporters hours after the polls opened, Romney suggested his rivals are making headway with the GOP base because they are willing to say &quot;outrageous things&quot; that help them in the polls.</p><p>Romney says he&#39;s not willing to light his &quot;hair on fire&quot; to try to earn support.</p><p>Romney also said phone calls by Santorum&#39;s campaign urging Democrats to vote against Romney in Michigan on Tuesday amount to an attempt to &quot;kidnap the primary process.&quot;</p><p>Arizona also holds its GOP presidential primary Tuesday.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:29:45 +0000 Mark Brush 6404 at http://michiganradio.org Romney says Santorum trying to 'kidnap' Michigan primary Graph shows when Michigan's primary race changed http://michiganradio.org/post/graph-shows-when-michigans-primary-race-changed <p>Everyone likes a winner. After Rick Santorum&#39;s three-state sweep in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Feb 7, it seems Michigan voters sat up and took notice.</p><p>The momentum he gained began to show in Michigan poll numbers on Monday, February 13.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/mi/michigan_republican_presidential_primary-1589.html">Real Clear Politics</a>, on that day, Santorum&#39;s poll numbers jumped eight percentage points, going from 14 percent on February 12 to 23.7 percent on February 13.</p><p>His numbers continued to rise until they peaked on February 15 at 37.8 percent, while Romney&#39;s were at 28.5 percent.</p><p>From that day forward the political horse race was on.</p><p>Both Santorum and Romney began to campaign heavily in Michigan, and their Super PACs were right alongside.</p><p>A week later, Romney closed the gap.&nbsp; We&#39;ll see tonight whether it was enough for the presumed front runner.</p><p>From the graph above, it looks like support for Newt Gingrich fell around the same time support for Rick Santorum grew. That drop in the polls is why we&#39;re not seeing much of Mr. Gingrich in Michigan. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:49:27 +0000 Mark Brush 6403 at http://michiganradio.org Graph shows when Michigan's primary race changed Santorum, Romney spar over economy ahead of Michigan primary http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-romney-spar-over-economy-ahead-michigan-primary A day before Michigan's Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum tried to outflank Mitt Romney on a fairly sensitive issue in Detroit: government bailouts.<p>Santorum blasted Romney for <em>supporting</em> the government's Wall Street bailout while loudly <em>opposing</em> its bailout of the auto industry.<p>Santorum, for his part, opposed <em>both</em> instances of government intervention in the private sector.<p>"Why are we giving away government's role in bailing out companies?" asked Santorum, campaigning outside of Detroit, reports NPR's Sonari Glinton. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:19:15 +0000 NPR Staff 6399 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum, Romney spar over economy ahead of Michigan primary After weeks of campaigning, Election Day is here http://michiganradio.org/post/after-weeks-campaigning-election-day-here <p><strong>Election Day is here</strong></p><p>After weeks of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">counting down the days</a>, Michigan&#39;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary">presidential primary</a> has arrived. Polls open this morning at 7 a.m. and Michigan voters will find eleven Republicans on the GOP presidential ballot and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/barack-obama">President Obama</a>, uncontested, on the Democratic ballot. Votes for President Obama won&#39;t really count in today&#39;s primary, as the state Democratic Party will hold a caucus on May 5th.</p><p><strong>Campaign finale</strong></p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/ron-paul">Ron Paul</a> were the three major GOP candidates who spent the most time campaigning across the state over the past few days (if you&#39;re wondering where Newt Gingrich has been, you can read more about some political theories for his absence <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">here</a>). Here are just a few of the stories that came out of the candidates&#39; campaign stops yesterday:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ron-paul-speaks-out-against-undeclared-wars-campaign-stop"><em>Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/santorum-makes-final-campaign-stops-michigan-today"><em>Santorum makes final campaign stops in Michigan</em></a></li><li><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-campaign-trail-michigan"><em>Romney&#39;s last day on the campaign trail in Michigan</em></a></li></ul><p>And, Michigan Radio&#39;s political analyst Jack Lessenberry; Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network Rick Pluta and I have been keeping an eye on the race:</p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-some-lovin-republican-presidential-candidates">Michigan gets some lovin&#39; from the Republican presidential candidates</a></em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">Huh? A vote for Santorum is actually a vote for Gingrich?</a></em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/should-you-vote-tomorrow">Should you vote tomorrow?</a></em></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-primaries-fascinating-and-bizarre"><em>Michigan primaries, fascinating and bizarre</em></a></li></ul><p><strong>Voter turnout</strong></p><p>Election officials are, &quot;expecting between 15 percent and 20 percent of the state&#39;s registered voters to cast ballots in the presidential primary election. About 21 percent of the state&#39;s registered voters participated in Michigan&#39;s 2008 presidential primary, when Republicans had a contested race but Hillary Rodham Clinton was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot,&quot; the Associated Press reports. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:28:06 +0000 Zoe Clark 6397 at http://michiganradio.org After weeks of campaigning, Election Day is here Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop http://michiganradio.org/post/ron-paul-speaks-out-against-undeclared-wars-campaign-stop <p>Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul spoke out against undeclared wars in&nbsp;Iraq and Afghanistan, the Federal Reserve system and the federal war on drugs to a&nbsp;packed auditorium at Michigan State University this afternoon.</p><p>&quot;We still have enough freedom to wake this country up and change the direction, but it has to come from the people. It won&rsquo;t come top down. It has to come from the people because government reflects the values of the people, so if that&rsquo;s what you want and you speak and you do your job, Washington will change.&quot;</p><p>The Paul campaign says he has a good chance of picking up some delegates in&nbsp;Michigan&rsquo;s primary tomorrow.</p><p>Paul says Michigan and other states should have the right to enact medical&nbsp;marijuana laws without worrying about interference from the federal government.</p><p>The Obama administration has taken a hands-off policy on enforcing drug laws&nbsp;against most medical marijuana users.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:01:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 6395 at http://michiganradio.org Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop Santorum makes final campaign stops in Michigan today http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-makes-final-campaign-stops-michigan-today <p>Rick Santorum is making his final campaign stops across southern Michigan today. He told a crowd of about 300 people in a small hotel ballroom in Lansing that the&nbsp;manufacturing industry needs to &ldquo;explode&rdquo; with new jobs again.</p><p>Santorum highlighted the disparity in employment levels between people with college degrees and those without, and says the solution is to create more jobs that&nbsp;don&rsquo;t require a college degree.</p><p>&quot;We need to see Michigan again full of people who want to work and creating job opportunities for people to get training and skills so they can get that entry-level job,&quot; said Santorum. &quot;They can improve and upgrade their skills as they work in those jobs and move up the ladder and become a foreman and to go up maybe even into management someday. That&rsquo;s the ladder of success.&rdquo;</p><p>Santorum told his supporters that Michigan&rsquo;s primary could be a &quot;game changer&quot; for the national primary season.&nbsp;He did not directly mention&nbsp;Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, but&nbsp;Santorum&nbsp;did&nbsp;refer&nbsp;to himself as the true conservative&nbsp;in the race, and the best candidate to beat President Obama in the general election&nbsp;this fall.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em">&quot;To be attacked on television by someone who is not an authentic conservative by a Massachusetts governor &ndash; [laughter and applause] &ndash; is a joke. Michigan, you have an opportunity to stop the joke.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:57:55 +0000 Laura Weber 6393 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum makes final campaign stops in Michigan today Some Michigan Democrats hope to sway Republican primary http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-democrats-hope-sway-republican-primary <p>Some Democrats hope they can play a decisive role in Michigan Republican presidential primary.<br /><br /> Robo-calls and e-mail blasts to Democrats are encouraging them to vote for Rick Santorum to help him beat Michigan native son Mitt Romney. Other party activists say Democrats should vote for Ron Paul.</p><p>David Doyle is a political consultant and former Michigan Republican chairman. He said it is possible for voters who are not Republicans to swing the primary results.<br /><br /> &ldquo;Well, as close as this primary appears to be, it may be decided by one or two points. Very few Democrats and independents could have an impact. The problem is, right now, the Democrats seem to be very divided.&rdquo;<br /><br /> But Doyle said that impact would be diluted if those voters split their votes among the Republican candidates.</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:01:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 6391 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan Democrats hope to sway Republican primary Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-campaign-trail-michigan <p>It&rsquo;s a busy day of campaigning in Michigan for three leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.</p><p>Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney spent&nbsp;today&nbsp;hopping from&nbsp;one rally to another in hopes of getting enough support to win Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary in his native state.</p><p>Hundreds of people jammed into a machine parts manufacturer&rsquo;s plant near Albion&nbsp;to hear Romney.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:00:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 6386 at http://michiganradio.org Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan