Scene at gubernatorial election parties as polls close
Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder
Things are picking up at Ann Arbor businessman and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder’s primary election party. About 50 supporters are gathered at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Hotel at Eagle Crest and a DJ is playing slow, classic music while attendees mingle and snack on various refreshments. Snyder will be addressing the party shortly.
U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland
Voices for Freedom sang patriotic songs as U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra’s staff and supporters arrived to the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Mich. The room, plastered with campaign signs, is full of tables with attendees eating a variety of food and an open bar. TV crews from across the state line a platform at the back of the room pointed toward the speaking platform. Hoekstra has yet to appear, but is well represented by staff.
Attorney General Mike Cox
All remains quiet thus far at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Video Conference Center in Livonia, Mich. as members of the media and supporters have gathered to back Attorney General Mike Cox’s gubernatorial campaign Tuesday. Entertainment has since been provided by two large screens as well as a live DJ. Nick De Leeuw, campaign spokesman, said members of the media should expect a statement from Cox soon after the polls will close. Cox’s friends and family will follow the election results throughout the night and will speak when appropriate, De Leeuw said.
Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon
A slideshow of Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon’s campaign is playing on a full-screen TV at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Dillon has yet to arrive.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the frontrunner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary according to recent polls, is holding his celebratory party at The Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit. The party starts at 8 p.m., and supporters and media are beginning to mill around the main lobby area, which is festooned with blue, green and white balloons. Bernero has not arrived.