More Than 100,000 Have Already Voted in Michigan

More
As the next big GOP primary approaches, a major chunk of the electorate has already weighed in.

missourivoting.banner.jpg
The Michigan primary isn't until Feb. 28, but more than 100,000 Republicans have already cast their votes.

As of Friday, 105,500 voters had requested and returned GOP primary ballots, according to Mark Grebner, a consultant and Democratic elected official based in East Lansing. Grebner, a voter contact expert, estimated that the number is likely tens of thousands higher today.

That represents a substantial chunk of the likely electorate. In 2008, about 870,000 voted in the Michigan Republican primary, which Mitt Romney won with 39 percent of the vote.

Another 105,000 Republican ballots had been requested but not returned, Grebner said. But none of the GOP candidates appears to have a program aimed at contacting those extremely likely and potentially undecided primary voters, he noted.

Rick Santorum is making a play for the state where Romney was born and was once thought to be a heavy favorite. Recent polls show Santorum in the lead, and a win or near-win there could be a powerful blow to Romney.

Image credit: Reuters
Jump to comments
Presented by

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In