Nick Krieger (@nckrieger) and Nate Smith-Tyge (@smithtyge):
Michigan's state primary election is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2nd. Polls will be open statewide from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Voters will select Republican and Democratic nominees for congress, state representative, and county offices all across the state. In addition, there are nonpartisan primaries for judicial and municipal offices in several areas, and voters will decide local ballot questions in many communities.
Michigan Democrats hope to end one-party control of state government this November by winning a majority in the Michigan House of Representatives. Their chances of success in November will depend in large part on the selection of hardworking and well-qualified Democratic nominees in tomorrow's primary.
Observers will also be paying close attention to the hotly contested Republican and Democratic primaries in Michigan's 1st Congressional District, which encompasses the entire Upper Peninsula and much of the northern Lower Peninsula. Incumbent Congressman Dan Benishek, who is not seeking reelection, has endorsed State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) for the seat. Casperson is facing former State Senator Jason Allen (R-Traverse City) and retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) in the three-way GOP primary. Former Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson (D-Kalkaska) is facing former Kalkaska County Sheriff and retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon (D-Fife Lake) in the two-way Democratic primary.
Voters will decide many other important primaries and ballot questions throughout the state. You can check your voter registration status, find out where to vote, and see which races and questions are on the ballot in your community by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center here.
Please remember to vote!