|Election 2008: Note on Michigan Primary Results.
||[Jan. 16th, 2008|11:45 pm]
With no choice other than the official "Clinton" vs. "Uncommitted" for Democrats, Hillary Clinton won Michigan against the two-headed 'other' monster, 55 percent to 40 percent.
Most Democrats minus Hillary Clinton chose to ignore Michigan results due to the punishment doled out by the Democratic Party, which stemmed from Michigan's move of the primary date ahead of the usual schedule.
Also, many Michigan voters chose to ignore the vote. Less voters than usual turned out for this primary, due to reasons such as
this is bullshit 'weather.'
Mitt Romney won the Republican race over John McCain, 38 percent to 30 percent, respectively.
Some Democrats chose to vote on the Republican candidate. It happens.
Quoted from here:
Michigan has open primaries and no registration by party, so voters choose on primary day which partisan contest to vote in. In 2000 with no Democratic race but for an eventual blowout in caucuses three weeks later, many Democrats voted in the Republican primary — totaling 17 percent of that electorate, more than in any other GOP primary exit poll since at least 1992.
I find this about the 2008 Michigan Primary from the Detroit Free Press:
Among self-identified Democrats voting in the Republican primary
(accounting for 7% of total)
Romney could still lose the Republican ticket, but if I was a Republican, then I would choose the Republican candidate that lost the race among Democrats.
If I was a Democrat, then I would vote for whom I was sure would lose to the Democratic candidate in the 2008 Election. After all, my party left me with no real choice due to the delegate punishment, so therefore, I'd figure I'd try to throw off my Republican
enemies friends by voting for a sure loser, with intent to make it easier for my Democratic candidate-to-be.
If Romney had lost this primary, then most accounts predicted that his campaign for President would have ended in Michigan. Since he did not lose, it will continue.
There is no guarantee that Romney or Clinton will win eventual party nomination. Michigan, not unlike other states, has a habit of voting on
stupidity bias, such as when Gerald Ford received the win in Michigan in the 1976 Election.
I take McCain's support among such Democrats as a clear possibility of his eventual loss to Romney, however.
As for Hillary, kudos for winning a state where only you chose to run despite the penalty handed out by your party.