Jan 15, 2008

Michigan Primary

Today is the Michigan primary. Unlike the previous two, this will essentially be a Republican-only primary as Hillary Clinton is the only candidate on the ballot for the Democratic primary. Amusingly, this has caused a Democrats for Mitt movement. Last year various states moved their primary election dates up in a bid to hold theirs before the Iowa and New Hampshire contests - which is why the primary elections are so early this year. Eventually the national Democratic Party threatened to not seat delegates from states doing this: a threat they've carried out for Michigan and Florida. What will actually happen is anyone's guess, but that's why only Hillary Clinton is the only Democrat on the ballot in Michigan. Meanwhile more partisan Democrats are encouraging Democrats to cross party lines and vote for Mitt. They're legally allowed to do that since Michigan has an open primary. And for some reason people outside America think our system is weird...