By: Megan Kirk
Citizens speak out about Mitt Romney’s recent win for the Michigan Republican primary.
Romney won 41 percent of the votes leaving close competitor Rick Santorum with 38 percent while it seems Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were not in the race as their votes were low.
Shaylayla Williams, a teacher for Pepper Elementary School in Oak Park, Michigan and a graduate student at Michigan State University shares her thoughts on what this win may do.
“As an educator and a citizen who is about to enter the working world, I am seriously concerned for the lack of social security funds and the lack of candor concerning the retirement age,” she says.
In Ingham County, Romney received 43 percent of the votes while Santorum, who seemed to stay just a hair behind in votes received 34 percent.
Ingham County resident Shelby Booker is also worried about what this win could do for him.
“I’m nervous. A lot of people like him even though he says those crazy things,” Booker says.
The race remained close in numbers, which came as a shock due to Romney’s deep roots in the state. He originally hails from Bloomfield, MI, his father, a former governor and winning the GOP votes in 2008.
According to the Lansing State Journal, Romney addressed his Michigan followers after his win.
“We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts,” he says.
Although Santorum did not win, he still feels he has a victory addressing his supporters.
“A month ago they didn’t know who we are, but they do now,” Santorum said.
According to ABC news wzzm13.com, the voter turnout was considerably lower in Michigan than in the 2008 primary rounding out at about 16 percent.