(CNN) – The Michigan Secretary of State's Office on Tuesday estimated turnout in the Republican primary will represent between 15% and 20% of registered voters.
If the prediction holds, the figure would represent a decrease from the 21% who participated in the 2008 contest. Michigan hosts an open GOP primary, which means any registered voter may participate.
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Although the state does not have in-person early voting, 243,575 people requested Republican ballots ahead of the primary, 219,153 of which were returned, according to the office.
It did not have an estimate for what percent of the total turnout would be represented by absentee votes, but analysts have said it usually represents under 20%.
But but but....teh GOP haz enthooziazmz!!!!
Santorum is an all-time idiot because intelligent people are not excited about him either but that low voter turnout is really damaging to the Son of Detroit. Ann needs to stop blaming the media and trying to fight Mitt's battles; it only makes him look weaker.
According to Pres Obama "The bailouts worked" ......so why does Fiat now own 60% of GM...30% still owned by American Taxpayers and only 10% still owned by GM...not exactly a success story....the end has not yet been told..!
Bologna! Democrats will help fill the void of the unethusiastic republican elctorate. You can count on us!
well, it is worth for GOP idiots. None of them is worth talking. so turn out low. Obama2012.
I'm sick of seeing Santorum's sleezy smile and crooked nose. Mit"s going to win them both and move on. The flavor of February was Santorum but guess what? Febraury is over now. Just like Newt was in January and some other gibroni was last year. Next.
Four more years !
Thats do a good job !
Send the GOP back to collage .
I thought the GOP always liked low voter turnout.
Low turnout will favor Santorum because he gets the small percentage of crazies on the radical right-wing The Teavangelicals can't form a rational thought but they do vote!
If turn out is low Willard will loose.He has no support ,but maybe he could call Bain .They may help him restructure his campaign.lmao
Republicans should have skipped Michigan altogether. No more bail outs for union states.
More proof that "voter enthusiasm" in the GOBP is a myth, just like tax cuts for the wealthy creates jobs. Why should a rank and file GOBP voter even vote when the party elites keep trying to ram a lying, psychopathic neocon who cares nothing about them down their throats?
Further proof that the Republicans will not be able to rally the votes they need to beat President Obama. If they can't even get their own party members out to vote for them, then they will not be able to get them out in November. I think the low turn out that we've seen in all the states so far, is a direct reflection on the candidates the Republicans have offerd up this time. This is a vote on the Republican/Tea Party, not just the candidates.
@ Auto – tell that to the workers who still have jobs. Not just the UAW workers, but the thousands of other people who would have lost their jobs if the auto industry had imploded.
santourm knows that he has to play to the ultra right wing wackos because that's all that are turning out for the primaries
Admit it people, President Obama is the best Republican president this nation has had since Ike.
The GOP isn't as dumb as their nominees make them seem. They know they have no shot in this election so they are staying home.
Auto, did you have a problem when Daimler-Benz owned Chryler?
Hmmm, didn't Santorum also come out against the auto bailout? Just another sleazy D.C. lobbyist.
Come on MI. Do the right thing. Romney is our ONLY chance to beat Obama. Please get your friends and get out to vote for Mitt!!
it's because blacks have no reason to vote.
sorry had to be unpolitically correct there
Obama wins by a landslide...
It seems people rather organize their sock drawers than vote in the republican primary. Let's see if MI can break the trend in single-digit turnouts.
@Auto – Didn't Fiat buy Chyrsler, not GM? Do you understand what liquidation bankruptcy does? Do you think liquidating the automakers was preferable to structured bankruptcies? Even Mitt Romney has repeatedly stated that structured bankruptcy was the proper solution. Consider that fact before you answer.
Mitt Romney wants the public to believe that it could have been achieved without government intervention. He's wrong and he knows it, but he would never admit it. The automakers approached the government for one simple reason. The banks were still reeling from the Wall Street meltdown and were *simply unable* to extend tens of billions in loans. Mitt Romney knows this. Mitt Romney saw dollar signs when he wrote his infamous op-ed against the federal restructuring, which Bush had said he was willing to do, but punted.
Michigan voters have quite a dilema. Romney who said we should let the auto industry fail, an industry and its suppliers vital to the state. Or Santorum who voted AGAINST the bail out and is such a religious fanatic and nut case that he has absolutely no chance in the general election. What has happend to the once-proud Republican party? Obama in 2012.