Expected turnout down in Michigan
February 28th, 2012
03:07 PM ET
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Expected turnout down in Michigan

(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%.

Filed under: 2012 • Michigan
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    But but but....teh GOP haz enthooziazmz!!!!

    February 28, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Danny

    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.

    February 28, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Auto bailouts worked...?

    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..!

    February 28, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    Bologna! Democrats will help fill the void of the unethusiastic republican elctorate. You can count on us!

    February 28, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. diridi

    well, it is worth for GOP idiots. None of them is worth talking. so turn out low. Obama2012.

    February 28, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Canto

    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.

    February 28, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Four more years !

    Thats do a good job !

    Send the GOP back to collage .

    February 28, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    I thought the GOP always liked low voter turnout.

    February 28, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Larry L

    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!

    February 28, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Satberry

    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

    February 28, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. JacMac

    Republicans should have skipped Michigan altogether. No more bail outs for union states.

    February 28, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    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?

    February 28, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. V in Chicago

    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.

    February 28, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. V in Chicago

    @ 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.

    February 28, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Emmy Skaddittle

    santourm knows that he has to play to the ultra right wing wackos because that's all that are turning out for the primaries

    February 28, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Admit it people, President Obama is the best Republican president this nation has had since Ike.

    February 28, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Mario

    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.

    February 28, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Auto, did you have a problem when Daimler-Benz owned Chryler?

    February 28, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Attila, The Hun

    Hmmm, didn't Santorum also come out against the auto bailout? Just another sleazy D.C. lobbyist.

    February 28, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Name: DParke

    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!!

    February 28, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Jsck

    it's because blacks have no reason to vote.

    sorry had to be unpolitically correct there

    February 28, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Dr. Phil

    Obama wins by a landslide...

    February 28, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. JLR

    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.

    February 28, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    @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.

    February 28, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    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.

    February 28, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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