The many Michigan voters who turned out for the November 2nd, general elections voted like an angry confused child for the most part. In all of the high profile races, such as the governor’s race, the attorney general’s race and the secretary of state’s race, Republicans swept by an overwhelming margin. Even though our most recent Attorney General was also a Republican, I think the Democratic nominee, David Leyton, could not sway the many independents voters who ended up voting for the third party candidates which made up about 120,000 votes, according to the elections results from the Michigan Department of State.
But in the races that really count and make up our state legislator the old incumbents won more than they lost, which is ironic, because Michigan voted for a party change in the high profile positions, but voted for the status-quo in our state legislator and county races.
To make matters worse, most voters believe they’ve voted for change, even though in 28 out of the 33 House of Representatives District races where an incumbent was running, that incumbent ended up winning again.
The Michigan State Senate race was also very balanced not really swaying control and power in one direction or the other, Democrats won 12 races, and Republicans won 11 race and all the incumbents running in those races also won. Even the local county races went along status-quo party lines, with Republicans ruling Oakland County and Democrats ruling Wayne County.
For the most part I don’t think Michigan will change all that much, besides having a new face that can hopefully provide better leadership and begin climbing Michigan out of the gigantic sink hole it’s currently in. Perhaps some social changes and some reduction of our civil liberties will occur now that hard line conservatives are setting the mandate from the Governors office. But if Michigan voters were looking for radical change, I don’t believe the current lot of elected officials will provide any real progress for the many families suffering through one of Michigan’s toughest times
Michigan Department of State / 2010 Unofficial Michigan General Election Results / http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/10GEN/