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Protesters gather outside Republican fundraiser

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Protesters gathered outside the DoubleTree Hotel in Bay City to highlight what they say is the governor's anti-middle class agenda.

The protests were also aimed at State Senator Mike Green, who is running for the State Senate seat in District 31.

Protesters said the $225 it takes to reserve a plate at Wednesday's fundraiser is evidence that the Republican party in Michigan is out of touch with average voters.

"That's more than most of these people bring home in a paycheck in a week. It's sad that you're going to come here and ask that kind of money and to buy an election, we're not having it," says Bay City resident Don Tilley.

A supporter of Green and Governor Snyder says it's a necessary evil. "Elections cost money, it takes money to get elected, that's just the way it is nowadays," says resident Stewart Reid.

Green, the incumbent, is fighting off a challenger in the Republican primary while simultaneously defending his seat against union protestors.

"I'm running because I am the only true conservative in this race," Green said.

He said he holds the conservative keys to a Republican victory.

"I have an A+ rating with the NRA and I represent residents in my constituency," he said.

Green still has at least one obstacle standing between him and the general election. 

Kevin Daley is the Republican challenger to Green. Daley said his conservative credentials exceed Green's.

"He should be worried about my candidacy because I'm the only true conservative running," Daley said.

Green said Daley shouldn't underestimate the power of incumbency. 

"The people will eventually decide and that's why we have elections," Green said.

Protesters say they hope to see leaders who want to invest more in the education and roads.
Supporters say Snyder and Green have had a positive impact on their businesses.

The Republican primary is scheduled for Aug. 5.

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