Voter turnout down 3 percent as Singh, Hoekstra, and others advance
Sam Singh, right, embraces his former college roommate Michael Baird, of Southfield, Mich. after declaring victory of the primary election of the 69th district seat for the state House of Representatives Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at Beggar’s Banquet, of 218 Abbott Road. Justin Wan/The State News
For Michiganians all over, Tuesday’s primary was one to watch for local, state and national races, some closer than others. But even with some high profile races at stake, Ingham County saw about an 18.7 percent voter turnout, a decrease from 2010’s primary, which had 21.9 percent.
One heated race was in the 69th district House of Representatives seat, which Democrat Sam Singh won by five percent over his Democratic opponent Susan Schmidt.
“We always knew it would be a close race,” Singh said. “I don’t think you’ll find any politician who’s been completely confident, unless they’re running unopposed.”
In another major race, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra was among the first to be declared a victor by the media, after he had amassed a more than 20 percent leader over his closest competitor, Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe.
With 79 percent of precincts reporting, Hoekstra had earned 52 percent of the vote.
Hoekstra now will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing, in November.
In the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, earned an easy win over his Republican opponents with 86 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Lance Enderle, ran unopposed.
In the judicial races, state Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, garnered the most votes of the candidates for East Lansing’s 54B district court. Meadows found out his race’s results relatively early.
“Whenever things are in my favor, I feel good about it, especially after all the hard work,” he said.
Meadows and East Lansing lawyer Andrea Larkin will advance.
Larkin said she wasn’t sure whether to feel confident or nervous heading into the election, as she had never run for a political office before.
“(I had) no idea what (would) happen, but I feel like I had some really good interaction with the voters,” she said.
For a complete list of primary results, check statenews.com later today.