More Reactions to the Jan. 15, 2008 Michigan Primary

PRESS RELEASE from Michigan Republican Party
January 16, 2008

Romney Wins Majority of Michigan Delegates

Key "battleground" state defines GOP leader; Michigan sends 60 Delegates to the National Convention

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Republican Party today announced that the 60 Republican delegates to the National Convention will be allocated based on Tuesday's results, in the following manner:

Romney 45 Delegates
McCain 10 Delegates
Huckabee 2 Delegates

Gov. Romney won 13 of the 15 Congressional Districts, Sen. McCain won the 1st and 6th Congressional Districts and Gov. Huckabee was allocated two of the
At-Large delegates.

Regular delegates are allocated "winner take all" by congressional district.  Meaning, the winner in each of Michigan's 15 Congressional Districts will receive the three delegates from that district. The proportion of the statewide vote that was cast for each candidate allocates the 12 at-large delegates. Candidates needed at least 15-percent of the total votes cast to qualify for a portion of the at-large delegates. Finally, the RNC-member delegates - Chairman Saul Anuzis, National Committeewoman Holly Hughes, and National Committeeman Chuck Yob - are uncommitted delegates to the national convention.

Based on a unanimous vote of the Michigan Republican State Committee, the Michigan Republican Party will allocate and send its entire delegation of 60 delegates to the national convention.

PRESS RELEASE from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact:  (Media Contact) Kelly Chesney 517-373-2520
Agency: Secretary of State

JANURARY 16, 2008

2008 Presidential Primary 3rd highest turnout in history

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land today announced that approximately 1.48 million voters - or 20.7 percent - cast ballots in Michigan's presidential primary election Tuesday, based on unofficial returns.

That ranks Tuesday's turnout as the third highest in the history of Michigan's presidential primaries. The record turnout was in 1972 with more than 1.9 million voters while 1976 saw the second-highest number of voters at more than 1.7 million.

"I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate," said Land, Michigan's chief elections officer. "I often say ‘your vote is your voice' and voters have taken the time to make their voices heard.

"I also applaud all of the clerks and election inspectors who worked so tirelessly to make this election possible. The compressed time frame meant many clerks worked overtime to make sure voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots in the presidential nomination process."

Michigan has more than 7 million registered voters.

In 1992, the last closed presidential primary, 1.06 million registered voters - or 15.2 percent - cast ballots. In the 2000 presidential primary, 1.39 million registered voters - or 20.7 percent - cast ballots. The 2004 presidential primary was canceled.

For information on voter turnout by county, visit the Secretary of State Web site at

Land reminded residents to check the Michigan Voter Information Center as the August primary and November general elections approach. The Web site is Voters can find their polling place and clerk's office, as well as information on registering to vote, absentee voting, and voting equipment.

PRESS RELEASE from Michigan Democratic Party

News from
Contact: Dominick Quinney
January 17, 2008

Land’s “Dirty Little Secrets” About the Primary Election

Land refuses to acknowledge serious problems

LANSING- While Secretary of State Terri Land breaks her arm patting herself on the back about Tuesday’s primary election, these are some of the dirty little secrets - serious problems - about the election she will not tell you:

    * In at least 27 counties - 1/3 of the counties in the state - vote tabulators were misprogrammed and counted uncommitted votes with write-in votes.

    * Throughout the state, thousands of voters - perhaps tens of thousands - cast write-in votes which were not counted because Land did no voter education prior to or on election day to advise those voters about Michigan’s write-in procedures.

“The voters of this state deserve the truth about Tuesday’s election problems, rather than self-serving propaganda,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer.  “Land has an obligation to tell the voters how she will prevent these problems in future elections.  The voters are waiting.”


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