Did the government shutdown hurt Michigan Republicans?

Oct 29, 2013

Now that the 16-day government shutdown has been solved — at least for the time being — analysts are trying to assess the political cost of the standoff between the White House and congressional Democrats versus Republicans, who attempted to derail funding for the Affordable Care Act as a condition for funding the rest of the government.

As the standoff dragged on, the country slid towards a fiscal default, Americans aimed their fury at Congress. And though polls show many expressed anger at all parties in the standoff — from the President to, essentially, everyone in the House and Senate — the brunt of citizen anger appeared aimed at Republicans.

While every Democrat voted for a Senate measure to reopen the government without changing Obamacare, Republican lawmakers were split: Among Michigan's nine Republican members of the House, four voted yes, while five voted no.

We wondered: Could the shutdown crisis cost Republican congressional seats in Michigan?

Listen to full interview above.