Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

November 4, 2010

Independents and Dems stay at home

LANSING — About 3.3 million Michigan voters participated in Tuesday's election, far fewer than the 3.8 million that were expected, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said Wednesday.

Political strategist Ed Sarpolus said his analysis of the secretary of state figures shows most of those who stayed home were independents and Democrats — one reason Republicans were able to sweep all of the state's top races and win control of the state House.

Faced with a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who trailed by double digits throughout the general election race and struggled to connect with voters, many Michigan residents who didn't want to vote for Republican Rick Snyder didn't vote at all, Sarpolus said Wednesday.

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