MI continues to be a ‘split state’ after mid-term election


Reelected Michigan Governor Rick Snyder walks on the Mackinac Bridge.

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After the midterm election on Tuesday, Republicans are overjoyed as they are now in control. In Michigan, Democratic nominee, Gary Peters, won the senate election with a 55% majority vote, opposing the new senate majority, early last night, when Terri Lynn Land conceded. In multiple speeches last night, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were out last night encouraging U.S. citizens to get out and vote, but above all, vote for their fellow democrats. Unfortunately, their efforts fell short. 52 seats in the United States Senate are now held by Republicans, meaning luck has run out for the Democrats, and Republicans now control the U.S. Senate. Similarly, the U.S. House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans with 242 seats. In the gubernatorial race, the incumbent nominee in Michigan, Rick Snyder, was head to head with Democrat nominee, Mark Schauer. Through the night, Snyder consistently maintained the lead. Snyder, pulled through, and made his re-election speech, winning the election with 51%. In good spirits, Schauer called Snyder last night to thank him for a good run, and to congratulate him on his re-election.
In exit polls, results showed that most voters are 65 and over. Men are more likely to be Republican than women. Voters are predominately white, while only a shocking 10% of voters are African American. When asked about the direction of the nation, most Democrats said they are not at all worried, while on the flip side, the majority of Republicans said they are very worried. All together, 54% of Americans disprove of President Obama’s presidency. More impressive, 80% of Americans disprove of Congress actions pre-midterm election.
The president may need to step up his game during his final two years in office. Is the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House a sign that there will be a Republican president in 2016?