Candidates Head Into Frenzied Election Day Rush 8-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Candidates Head Into Frenzied Election Day Rush 8-03-2010

The seven men running for Michigan governor head into Election Day hoping to swing enough undecided voters their way to make the difference in closely fought races on both sides.
The five Republicans and two Democrats also want to make sure their supporters get to the polls Tuesday.
The secretary of state has estimated 1.7 million voters will turn out, about 23 percent.
Special Section: Michigan's Race For Governor
Republicans running include businessman Rick Snyder, Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and state Sen. Tom George. The Democratic candidates are Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon.
The candidates had full schedules for Election Day, with several starting on the campaign trail at dawn.
Newcomers Will Be Plentiful In State Legislature:
Michigan's term limits law is causing heavy turnover in the state Legislature.
All 148 seats in the state House and Senate are up for election. Fewer than 70 incumbents are seeking re-election to the same seat.
Even though term limits is the major reason for this year's turnover, some lawmakers are abandoning their current seats in hopes of gaining a higher office.
The large number of open seats prompted more than 650 candidates to get on primary ballots.
Republicans hold the majority in the Senate entering this election cycle. Democrats hold the majority in the House.
The state's term limits law restricts senators to two terms of four years and representatives to three terms of two years.
Crowded Fields In Some Michigan Congress Primaries:
Twelve of Michigan's 15 congressional incumbents are running for re-election.
None has a tougher road in Tuesday's primary than seven-term Democratic Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit.
Her son, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is serving time for violating probation in a state case and faces federal fraud and tax charges. Add to that an angry electorate in the economically distressed 13th District, and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick's road to re-election seems rocky.
Elsewhere, voters will select nominees in three open districts.
That's because Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Menominee and Republican Rep. Vernon Ehlers of Grand Rapids are retiring, and Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland is giving up his seat to run in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
Polls around Mid-Michigan will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Count on TV5 for continuing coverage of the primaries and the race for governor. As the votes are counted, we will bring you the results on the air and here on WNEM.com.
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