By CAMRYN GINSBERG
Capital News Service
LANSING — More than 58,000 Michigan voters didn’t mark their ballots for any presidential candidate Nov. 6, according to unofficial data from the Secretary of State. That’s twice as many as those who participated in the 2008 election but skipped voting for president. “There will always be those people who are hard to please or cannot make up their mind,” said Bill Ballenger, publisher of the newsletter Inside Michigan Politics. “Some people may have been disappointed in Obama but uninterested in Romney.”
Barack Obama received 2,560,015 votes in the state this year, about 300,000 fewer than in 2008.
In the final days leading up to the election, students on campus with both the Romney and Obama campaigns are working hard in their final get-out-the-vote efforts. Will Staal has been volunteering with the Romney campaign since August. The MSU junior said he got involved because the implications of the this election couldn’t be greater. “For people, especially my age, we’ve had enough time of sitting on the sidelines and letting people in Washington make our decisions” Staal said. “I just wanted to stand up and fight for a cause I believe in.”
GRAND LEDGE, MI – The trickle-down effect may or may not create jobs, but the strife between Republican and Democratic Parties certainly trickles down into small communities following the debate. On Thursday, Oct. 4, after the debate, advertisements were made by both parties highlighting the negatives of their opponents and the positives of their candidates which reflected the feelings in the residents of Grand Ledge. “I was disappointed in the debate,” said Grand Ledge resident, Christine Walker. “I’ve been watching the debates since ’64 and this was probably the most tedious one I’ve seen.”
“Romney was well prepared; it felt like he had memorized and repeated stats the entire time.
Mitt Romney took Grand Ledge and ultimately won the republican primary in Michigan on Tuesday. In Grand Ledge, there are four precincts, and Romney took 224 votes, which was enough to beat Rick Santorum, who took 223 votes. Romney, who ultimately took 41% of the overall votes in Michigan, also won the Arizona primary. “We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough and that’s all that matters,” said Romney during his Michigan victory speech. Santorum came in second with 38% of the vote and kept up a good fight throughout the night.