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Election 2010
10:02 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Schauer supporters try to stay optimistic despite trailing Walberg

Mark Schauer talks with supporter at his victory party in Battle Creek.
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The early numbers are not looking good for incumbent Democratic congressman Mark Schauer.   Republican Tim Walberg holds a 4 percenatge point lead with more than a third of the votes counted so far.   Schauer is only leading Walberg in Calhoun County.   Still Schauer loyalists say they are ready for a long night.   Schauer is talking with his supporters, but not the news media just yet.  His campaign spokesman says they are waiting until more numbers are in. 

Election 2010
9:30 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Former republican gubernatorial candidate calls Snyder win "new day for Michigan."

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos says the state is finally getting the change it has needed for more than 8 years. DeVos lost to Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006. "It’s not about partisanship it’s about effectiveness and now Rick Snyder has a chance," DeVos said, "Rick has a proven background and it’s his chance to step up and be effective. We’re behind him and we think this represents a new day and a new opportunity for Michigan."

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Election 2010
9:28 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Republicans upbeat in the 9th district

Rocky Raczkowski, left, and Gary Peters

The race for Oakland County's 9th Congressional district is one of the most closely-watched in the region, if not the nation. Freshman Gary Peters is trying to fend off Republican Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski and hang on to this historically-Republican district for the Democrats.

The race is too close to call, and everyone expects it to go late into the night.

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Election 2010
9:25 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing speaks at Dem election results party in Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Virg Benero is 'very upbeat' as the results come in
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing just made an appearance at the MGM Grand in Detroit, where Democratic supporters are waiting for tonight's election results.

Bing told the crowd he didn't want anybody "to jump to conclusions." He added that he's been upstairs with Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero for the last hour or so, and he says Bernero "is very upbeat."

Bing says Bernero will come down to talk to supporters in the next 45 minutes or so.

Snyder
9:12 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Ebullient crowd at Snyder/Republican election night gathering

Supporters of Rick Snyder cheered as early results showed the Republican candidate with an overwhelming lead over his Democratic opponent Virg Bernero.    Many people are wearing fluorescent lime-green caps with the words, "Hired - Snyder/Calley for Michigan."

Election 2010
9:00 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Supporters nervous as first results trickle in

"And now the hand wringing begins" said a nervous supporter at the Mark Schauer victory party. 

The incumbent Democratic congressman's party on the 16th floor of the McCamly Hotel is filling up.  People here are glancing more and more frequently at the TV monitors and lap top screens.   The race between Schauer and former congressman, turned challenger Republican Tim Walberg is expected to be close.   Very Close.

 

 

 

Election 2010
8:38 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Kent County GOP cheering republican wins so far

GOP faithful gather inside a downtown pizza parlor
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Roughly 80 people gathering with the Kent County GOP in downtown Grand Rapids cheered when local media called the governor's race for Ann Arbor Businessman Rick Snyder.

Jason Ellis is from the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. Wearing a Justin Amash T-shirt and sipping a Heineken he says he's satisfied with the outcome. “I think Rick Snyder’s got a tough road ahead the next couple years in Michigan – a lot of big decisions will have to be made. But I think he’s got the right skill set and he’s the kind of guy we need in Lansing right now.”

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Countdown to Election Day
8:19 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

The waiting begins for candidates in the 7th congressional district

Victory parties are getting underway for candidates in Michigan's 7th congressional district.    On the 16th floor of the McCamly Hotel in Battle Creek, a spokesman for incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer says they are cautiously optimistic.   Republican challenger Tim Walberg's party is in downtown Jackson.    Two years, the race was not decided until well after midnight. 

Election 2010
8:15 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Freep says Snyder heading for lopsided win

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Rick Snyder is heading for a lopsided win "as GOP tidal wave looms."

Republican Rick Snyder headed toward a landslide victory in the race for governor over Democrat Virg Bernero, leading a possible Republican sweep of statewide offices, according to a Free Press automated poll of 2,000 voters statewide.

Election 2010
8:12 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Snyder says he would bring sense of "crisis" as guv

Rick Snyder says he's ready to start if he wins
Snyder's campaign website

By Rick Pluta

The candidates are waiting for the votes to be counted. Republican candidate for governor Rick Snyder says if he is elected he will not wait to begin planning for his administration. Snyder says he intends to bring a sense of "crisis" to Lansing:

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Election 2010
6:35 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Your election night mood in one word

How are you feeling on election night?
Screen grab New York Times

The New York Times is asking people about their mood on election night. They're asking people to enter one word that best describes how they're feeling. If this word tracker is any indication, the mood is not joyful.

Election 2010
4:15 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Top 10 states for voter turnout

Voter turnout is better when we're electing a new president. The best gubernatorial turnout rate in Michigan was 60% in 1962 (based on data starting in 1948).
user jaina Creative Commons

People in northern states may be cold, but they seem to vote in higher numbers than in some other states.

In the 2008 election, these states had the highest turnout rates from their voting eligible population according to Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project:

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Election 2010
4:04 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Expert says Michigan's 'optical scan' voting system is secure

Voters cast their ballots in Michigan
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Alex Halderman - the University of Michigan professor who successfully hacked into a test version of the Washington, D.C.'s computer voting system - says Michigan voters should not be worried that their votes will be tampered with on Tuesday's election. 

Haldermn says most of Michigan’s polling places use optical scanners: voters fill out paper ballots that get scanned into a computer.

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Arts/Culture
3:13 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Writing helps heal

Russ Hicks
Russ Hicks

Russ Hicks has recently experienced the death of his spouse and the loss of his job of 22 years. The thing helping him cope, is his writing. Two big changes recently happened to Russ Hicks.

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Music
2:21 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Ann Arbor hosts 50th anniversary celebration of experimental music festival

Members of the original ONCE festival gather at a loft
Makepeace Tsao Tsao Family

Musicians, composers and academics from around the country will be in Ann Arbor this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ONCE festivals.

Five composers from Ann Arbor - Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, George Cacioppo, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scavarda - created the ONCE festival because they wanted their music to be heard and they wanted to push the boundaries of contemporary music.

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Environment
12:28 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Trout Unlimited launching effort to protect Rogue River watershed

Fisherman casts his line in the Rogue River near Rockford.
Trout Unlimited

Efforts to protect and restore a cold water fishery north of Grand Rapids could serve as an example for the nation.

Fishermen know the Rogue River best for its spring and winter steelhead runs through Rockford. National coldwater conservation group Trout Unlimited also wants to protect habitat for the brook and rainbow trout that live there. So it designated the watershed as its newest "home river."

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Energy theft
9:32 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Detroit utility struggles to stay on top of theft

DTE Energy theft investigator Keith Gross prepares a lock box to prevent thieves from tampering with a gas meter.
(Sarah Hulett, Michigan Radio)

If you walk into a gas station or a party store in the city of Detroit, you might see a flyer taped up, advertising "help with gas and lights."

But the phone number probably won’t connect to a charity program or aid organization. More likely, it’ll put you in touch with a fixer who will help you steal electricity or natural gas.

Trying to shut the problem down is a team of investigators from DTE Energy. Every day of the work week, they embark on what seems like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole.

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Election 2010
8:25 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Local election results

We've gathered up all the county election results sites in our listening area.

Click here to find your local election results

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News Roundup
8:11 am
Tue November 2, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo courtesy of Infrogmation/Creative Commons

Election Day

Michigan voters will elect a new Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and two state Supreme Court justices today. All of the state's fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election. State elections officials estimate a little less than 4 million of the state's 7 million registered voters will cast ballots. At least 575,000 people have already voted absentee.

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