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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.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing
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.

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."

"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.




Kent County GOP
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.”

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. 

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.

Rick Snyder
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:

New York Times one word graphic
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.

Polling station sign
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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:

People voting
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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Nov 2, 2010

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It's Election Day

Nov 2, 2010

It's Election Day. Voters in Michigan are set to choose many new candidates for top offices.

Voters are set to choose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voters will also choose two state Supreme Court nominees. All of Michigan's fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election, as well as seats for the state Senate and House.

Michigan will have at least 4 freshman members of Congress after November’s general election.

But all that new blood means Michigan is losing something special in Washington...seniority.

By January,  Republicans Pete Hoekstra and Vern Ehlers, and Democrats Bart Stupak and Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick will have packed up and moved out of their congressional offices in Washington. 

Hoekstra, Ehlers and Stupak voluntarily retired. Cheeks-Kilpatrick lost her party’s August primary.

With one day to go before Election Day, the candidates running for Governor will spend the day traveling around the state getting out their campaign messages.  Democratic nominee Virg Bernero will start his day in Detroit and end it in Lansing.  Republican candidate Rick Sndyer will make stops in Portland and Ann Arbor.

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The Tea Party Express roadshow is making several stops today in Michigan in hope of energizing conservative voters before next week’s election.

 About 500 people crowded a vacant lot in downtown Jackson for the event which was part political rally and part fundraiser.

The tea party vote could be critical in several close congressional and state legislative races next week.

Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kramer says establishment Republicans and Democrats are underestimating the movement.  

Photograph Courtesy of migop.org

Republican candidate for Governor Rick Snyder will campaign today at an Oakland County rally.  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are expected to attend.  The Oakland Country Press reports other statewide Republican candidates including Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Candidate Ruth Johnson and Lt.

Photo by MBisanz/Creative Commons

With four days to go before Election Day, a new EPIC-MRA poll shows continued support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder over his opponent Democrat Virg Bernero.  The poll shows 55% of those surveyed support Snyder to Bernero's 37%.  4% were undecided. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is making a push to energize his political base as the general election nears. Polls show republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder around 20 points ahead of his competitor with less than a week before the election. That hasn't stopped Democrat Virg Bernero's enthusiasm. The Lansing Mayor peppered West Michigan with 7 campaign stops Wednesday - including Battle Creek, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

(Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Voters in the 7th congressional district will have two familiar choices on the ballot in November.  They faced each other before.  This time the result may be different.

 When you are congressman running for re-election you walk in a lot of parades.  Democrat Mark Schauer spent a recent September day walking in Charlotte’s Frontier Days parade.   The crowd lining the parade route was polite,  but several people like Liz Goble were not happy to see Mark Schauer. 

"I definitely wasn’t happy when he was voted in.  I will be happy to see him go," says Goble. 

(photo is a screen capture of a CNN broadcast posted on a Facebook page)

A University of Michigan student leader has dropped his request for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general.

Andrew Shirvell used his blog to attack Chris Armstrong for promoting what Shirvell called a radical homosexual agenda on campus.

Shirvell also protested at events where Armstrong was present.

Philip Thomas is Andrew Shirvell's lawyer.

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)


The Tea Party Express is scheduled to roll into Michigan this week, just days before next month’s pivotal mid-term election.

The conservative voters group has been holding rallies across the United States for the past week. 

The Tea Party Express has two stops planned in Michigan this Friday, one for a rally in Jackson and the second in Troy.   Those rallies will both take place in the hearts of two heavily contested congressional races.

Tea Party organizers in west Michigan are preparing to engage voters less than two weeks before the general election.

Residents packed Holland City Hall for the Human Relation Commission meeting Thu
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

An advisory board voted unanimously to recommend city council pass the measure Thursday night.

The board has been studying the issue for months. They took it up at the request of Reverend Bill Freeman. The Holland pastor says those who spoke against expanding protections to those groups embody why it's needed. "I mean to be homosexual, or to be a lesbian or gay person in Holland - it would seem to be problematic. Because there are so many people who oppose them - oppose their existence," Freeman said.

3rd congressional candidates Pat Miles Justin Amash
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

Congressional candidates in Michigan's third district debated health care, education, and government spending in West Michigan Wednesday night.

Democrat Pat Miles is a Grand Rapids attorney who touts his moderate views in the generally conservative district. He's endorsed by a number of local republicans who claim their party's candidate, Justin Amash, is too extreme.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Social Security sparked a spirited debate between the two major party candidates running for Michigan's 7th Congressional seat.

Incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer and Republican former congressman Tim Walberg are in a close race and social security is seen as a key issue.

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell at a podium
Kalamazoo Public Library

Democratic Party leaders in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties have chosen their candidate to replace Robert Jones - Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

Robert Jones was running for the Michigan Senate in the 20th district when he died over the weekend. He was battling esophageal cancer.

In Michigan, votes for a deceased candidate do not count, so party leaders had to put forward a new candidate.

Terry Johnson / Flickr

Last night I presided over a fascinating meeting in Grand Rapids, the second in Michigan Radio’s “Issues and Ale” series designed to stimulate public discussion.

The main event was a look at this year’s campaign advertising by two members of the “Michigan Truth Squad,” John Bebow, director of the non-partisan Center for Michigan, and Susan Demas, perhaps the best columnist in Lansing.

Rick Snyder at Wealthy Theater
Lindsey Smith

Candidates for Michigan governor have been making stops throughout the state in the final two weeks before the election. Republican Rick Snyder was in Grand Rapids Tuesday night.