It’s primary election day across Michigan.
There is a Republican primary to decide the GOP nominee to face incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in November. Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, Tea Party favorite Clark Durant and former judge Randy Hekman are all running. A fourth Republican on the ballot, Gary Glenn, has dropped out.
A few write-in candidates are hoping to have a breakthrough year – including Nancy Cassis, who is trying to beat Tea Party Republican Kerry Bentivolio. He was the only Republican left once Congressman Thad McCotter failed to make the ballot and then resigned. Bentiviolio has called for closing overseas military bases and replacing the Border Patrol with the U-S Marines.
There are also state House primaries and hundreds of local millages on ballots across the state. Much of the voting was done before the polls even opened this morning. Typically, one in five ballots cast in a Michigan primary is absentee.