Will Granholm Cost Obama Michigan?
Stuart Rothenberg says Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is part of the reason that John McCain has a chance in Michigan: Finally, Michigan probably is McCain's ...
Stuart Rothenberg says Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is part of the reason that John McCain has a chance in Michigan:
Finally, Michigan probably is McCain's best chance of picking off a state that has gone Democratic in the past two presidential contests. That is enough to warrant placing the Wolverine State on this short list of predictive states.
But I've picked Michigan because it has something that neither of the other two states has: a weak Democratic governor and a mood of desperation flowing from a decimated economy. The state has been in such serious economic straits for so long -- well before the current economic slowdown -- that Michigan voters might be willing to try something new, including giving McCain a long look.
I'm skeptical that a popular governor can win a presidential candidate a state and I'm just as skeptical that an unpopular one can cost a state. If Michiganders are mad at state Democrats, they'll probably vote out state Democrats, say, in the hot race for control of the Michigan House of Representatives. An effect on the presidential contest, though, is probably a stretch.
That said, it will be interesting to see whether Granholm is at Barack Obama's side whenever he shows up in Michigan.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Trouble for Some States, Lower Gas Prices Bring Relief to Mississippi2 hours ago
Pennsylvania Governor Fires Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner7 hours ago
Florida's Privatized Prison System Is Chronically Underfunded8 hours ago
Study: Obamacare Premiums Could Triple If Court Tosses Subsidies12 hours ago
Christie Quietly Reaps Obamacare's Budget Benefits12 hours ago
GOP Governors Carry Their States' Fiscal Baggage to CPAC12 hours ago