By Kevin Burrows and Samantha Radecki
Lansing Township News staff writer
LANSING TOWNSHIP- Taking his home state with stride, Mitt Romney wins the Michigan Presidential Primary and regains role as GOP’s front-runner.
According to AP with 99 percent of the precinct’s accounted for, Romney is leading with 41.1 percent of the vote, followed closely by Rick Santorum with 37.9 percent, Ron Paul at 11.6 percent and Newt Gingrich at 6.5 percent.
“We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough and that’s what counts,” Romney said at his rally in Novi, Mich. Tuesday night according to The State News.
According to the county clerk’s office, Ingham County voters sided with the majority — Romney first with 10,137 votes at 42.68 percent, Santorum second with 8,116 votes at 31.34 percent, followed by Paul with 3,109 votes at 13.14 percent and Gingrich with 1,437 votes at 6.08 percent.
Lansing Township resident Nora Spotts said she has been voting for at least twenty-five years and is all in for Romney after voting at the township’s third precinct at Waverly Middle School, 620 Snow Road in Lansing.
“(Its because) he’s a business man, (business people) have to make certain decisions and weigh things out,” she said. “Romney, I think is at his prime.”
Republican State Senator Rick Jones said the overall Republican message this year is focused on business and the economy, and thinks Romney is up for the task.
“Mitt Romney understands how business can create jobs, and that the government doesn’t create jobs,” Jones said. “Everyone in Michigan has a relative who had to leave Michigan to find a job — blue collar workers, white workers — they’re all upset. They know that Mitt Romney understands how to turn companies around and create a business climate.”
But According to township officials, voting rates in Lansing Township — and Ingham County as a whole — were low, but not surprising because its only a primary.
Lansing Township had a voter turnout of 12 percent with 749 voters coming out, said township clerk Susan Aten.
“Clearly its low, but is it low for a presidential primary?” she said. “I think (elections) are pretty predictable and tend to run in cycles.”
Aten said the number is low when compared to 1,118 — the turnout of the 2008 presidential primaries.
But she said she is not surprised, in 2008, both sides — republicans and democrats — had a primary election and obviously more people from both sides would come out to vote.
Leland Scott, Lansing Township resident chairperson of the third precinct agrees with Aten and said “I’ve never seen (the primaries) really, really heavy unless we’re in the middle of one where both sides have got a lot of people to vote for”
Lansing Township resident Crystal Spotts, daughter of previously mentioned Nora Spotts, said she was surprised at the low turn out, and hoped more would come throughout the day.
“Especially because Michigan is such a (swing state), this is a make or break state and the weather’s nice.” she said. “You’d think the turnout would be better.”
Sam and Kevin