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Michigan is bound to be a battleground state in presidential voting this year, so the local media are already making their guesses about how local races will affect the big contest.
Michigan Democrats made the case Tuesday that they can turn Oakland County, once a bastion of Republican support, into Democratic territory this fall.
Party officials said they will target two state House races and seek to win a majority of the county board of commissioners, on top of a congressional race already on the radar of the national party. If successful, they would add to Democratic successes in the county in recent statewide elections for president, governor and senate.
"All these things have to happen by convincing the same voters to cast ballots for Democratic candidates," county Democratic chairman David Woodward told reporters on a conference call with state chairman Mark Brewer and Gary Peters, who hopes to unseat Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills.
This report prompts Eric B. at Michigan Liberal to wonder how Oakland County preferences will play out in the presidential race. He cites a poll showing that a relatively high percentage of county residents want Gov. Jennifer Granholm to remove Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office.
Although I don't know that there is any quantifiable way of knowing whether a Kilpatrick scandal would hurt Obama in Oakland County come November, it does raise interesting questions about how the governor approaches this is perceived there. If Oakland County residents are anywhere near as cynical about government as the rest of the state has gotten, it's not inconceivable that it might be interpreted as Democrats protecting one of their own, the corrupt mayor of a city with which the county shares a history of strife. If that's the case, it's not hard to suggest that how the issue is resolved could impact the Democrat's chances for winning the White House.
There's no quantifiable way of knowing... but if... then if... then it's not hard to suggest...
You gotta love this kind of stuff during the slow seasons.
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