Michigan Republicans "packing rain gear" ahead of November's alleged blue wave
LANSING, Mich. —
Republicans across the country are facing a 2018 midterm election that could be challenging considering historically, the sitting president’s party faces the most scrutiny.
The GOP in Michigan has held control in the state House, Senate and governor’s office for the last eight years. As the Democrats vie for a takeover in November with their blue wave, Republican leaders in Michigan say their leadership is strong.
“We’re just getting started,” Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Sarah Anderson said Friday. “The blue wave is starting to look more like a trickle and if we pack our rain gear, the Republicans will be just fine.”
Voter turnout for Republicans was lower in Michigan’s primary compared to Democrats; Anderson said the party isn’t worried, in fact, she said it was expected.
“The weekend before you had very high-caliber, national surrogates coming in for the Democrats,” Anderson explained. “You had Bernie Sanders here stumping for Abdul El-Sayed.”
With roughly 81 days until the election, Anderson said the Michigan Republicans are working hard to earn every vote.
“We’ve had over a million and a half voter contacts in the cycle, we’ve engaged over 1200 unique volunteers who go out and carry the Republican message. This election is going to be won on voter contact and ground game, something we really excel at,” Anderson said.
She went on to say that Democrat voters are motivated by anger, and she anticipates that anger "fizzling out." Alternatively, she said the GOP’s strategy moving forward toward November is focusing on previous success.
“Feeling like you’re a part of something, part of an accomplishment, I think that will continue to motivate our people,” she explained.
Anderson said the state has seen improvements and stabilization under the administration of Governor Rick Snyder and voters should look to that when it comes time to decide in the general election.
“It takes a long time to recover from where we were, that utter destruction, we were completely in the ditch. We’re back on the road now, but we want to keep going straight. Now is not the time to swerve, it’s not the time to take a Michigan left, it’s time to keep driving forward,” she added.
If the Democrats want to take over the majority in the legislature, they need to flip nine seats in both the House and the Senate.
As for the governor’s race, the last time a candidate from the same party as the sitting governor won was in 1969, when Republican William Milliken succeed Republican George Romney.