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POLL: Democrats, Are You Voting in Today's Primary?

One of the state's high-ranking Democrats says he won't be voting in today's primary.

Michigan Congressman Gary Peters (D-9th District) won't be voting in today's Democratic primary election.

Neither will Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner.

The two elected officials say there's no reason for them to go to the polls today, because Democrats will be choosing their candidate – President Barack Obama – in statewide caucuses on May 5. 

And even those won't offer much action. 

"There's only one person running, so it's going to be a real quickie," Brickner said.

Michigan Democratic Party officials passed a resolution earlier this month that allows Democrats to vote in the primary and at their caucuses. In the resolution, officials accused Secretary of State Ruth Johnson of "partisan mischief," confusing voters over a party rule that prohibits participation in both the primary and the caucuses. 

A spokesperson for the Michigan GOP told MLive.com there are other races going on Feb. 28, and that under state law, Johnson is required to put all presidential candidates on the ballot. Only a candidate is allowed to withdraw his or her name. 

Peters has been following the Republican primary and said for him, the "interesting storyline" is the tightening of the race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, given that Romney once had a "commanding" lead.

"It certainly shows his vulnerability," Peters said. "Even if Mr. Romney barely wins (in Michigan), it will certainly not bode well for him." 

He encouraged Democrats with a local election – like the contest to fill a vacant House seat in Pontiac – to vote. 

"There are some places where there are issues that we certainly hope people will turnout," Peters said, "but there are none in my voting area."

Sammy V. March 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Jeff-- opportunities just don't present themselves. Obama restructured the war on terror to excellent results. If John McCain were President, Osama would still be alive because as McCain told Larry King, he would not enter Pakistan to get Bin Laden... You must have missed that news story.
Sammy V. March 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Bizarre reasoning Jeff--- and all this time I blamed George Bush for the war in Iraq, when I should have been blaming the soldiers on the ground (following orders)?????
Jeff Yoscovits March 08, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Yeah I know Sammy, he was over there in Pakistan clandestinely sneaking around that compound and secretly gathering all the intel to make the call to go ahead with the mission. Then was the first down the rope and up the stairs to make the kill shot on Osama. Oh btw, congrees gave bush the green light to go into Iraq. Had the wmds that most of the worlds intel agencies thought were there been found and the war went like the first Gulf war, they would have all been falling all over themselves to take credit. But when we didn't have instant success, they all bailed like rats on a sinking ship. Personnally I don't think that any of of the countries in the middle east are worth a single drop of American blood! Get the oil we have here and we can tell them all to drink theirs!
Sammy V. March 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Cheney and his cronies planted the stories about the WMDs and lied to everyone. the whole war was started over B.S. stories planted by Washington insiders. It's almost as if you don't realize Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton before "vetting" Bush's potential V.P. running mates ("Sorry, G.W. I ain't found no one good enough to run for office with you... While, shoot, of course I'll be your V.P. candidate)". Cut to another Iraq War and BILLIONS of dollars in no-bid contracts to Halliburton and their subsidiaries and volia... Cheney's cronies are richer than ever before. hell, they are probably the ones behind the missing billions of dollars in hard U.S. currency which periodically went missing inside of Iraq. At least we agree no more American blood should be spilt overseas.
Jeff Yoscovits March 09, 2012 at 04:25 AM
They say that when something is repeated enough that some people start taking it as fact. Looks like you bought that story lock, stock and barrel! So they planted that story in the brains of the Clintons, several other top political leaders from both parties and many other foreign leaders? Come on, you can't be that naive. Looks like Rachel and Ed and co. are living in your mind!

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