michigan republican presidential primary http://michiganradio.org en 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 primaries, fascinating and bizarre http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-primaries-fascinating-and-bizarre <p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jack Lessenberry describes the history of Michigan&rsquo;s primary as both fascinating and bizarre.</p><p>According to Lessenberry, Michigan held its first presidential primary in the early part of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. At that time people voted for Henry Ford in two separate primaries. To be exact, those primaries took place in 1916 and then in 1924, according to the <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/MichPresPrimRefGuide.pdf">Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:18:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 6389 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan primaries, fascinating and bizarre 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