What You Told Us About Your Vote In The Michigan Primary

Future voter, by flickr user robertDouglass

The Michigan primary already seems like old news. The vote happened two days ago, and the national media moved on immediately afterward, though the victor in Michigan’s race is still somewhat contestable.

On Tuesday, we asked you to tell us why you voted the way you did in the Michigan primary. We got quite a few responses, including some strong support for Ron Paul, who came in third in the primary.

Here is a sampling of what you told us: 

Greg Shea:

I want the general election debate to be conducted as close to the center as possible… away from the fringes. Romney is the only GOP candidate that gives that possibility. If he is the GOP candidate, it will force President Obama to move to the center, too.

Nathan Phenicie

I voted for Ron Paul in the 2008 primary as well. Watching the corporate shill news anchors on Cable news literally *beg* people to vote for Santorum made me realize that the Penn. Senator was actually just another Washington-insider corporate crook. Voting for Ron Paul is a vote to legalize freedom.

Naomi Zikmund-Fisher:

I am a life-long Democrat. I listened to all the conniving about voting for this or that Republican to mess them up, but I felt this was both disrespectful and dangerous – I didn’t want to be partially responsible, for example, for a President Santorum out of a mistaken belief that he couldn’t beat Obama. I decided that I would use my vote as a way to express why I’m not a Republican by voting for the only candidate on the ballot I would ever consider, John Huntsman.

Liz Roque:

I realized that by voting for Santorum I was helping to keep the race in limbo. If Romney took a decisive victory things might settle easier and I want to be sure that no one wins easily. I am a strong supporter of Obama. I believe that the GOP has played many not-too above-water games, and as far as I am concerned, turn about (is) fair play.


2 Replies to “What You Told Us About Your Vote In The Michigan Primary”

  1. I thought long and hard about how I should vote on Tuesday. I worked as an election official and watched many people who I know are Democrats choose the Republican ballot. This is completely within their rights in Michigan. In the end, I chose to vote for the person who I thought should be elected in November, Obama. I know that my vote did not count for much, but I could not bring myself to vote for someone I did not believe in.

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