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Democrats Believe They Can Re-Gain Control Of MI House

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - House democrats believe they can regain control of the Michigan House by telling voters the GOP raised pension taxes and cut education, but the house republicans are confident that message will not work.

We asked 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick to look into the strategy that both parties are using this election year, to nail down your vote.

Reporter: The republicans and Governor Snyder broke into your home, stole your stereo and all your CD's and now they have given you back a Burt Bacharech CD.

State Representative Brandon Dillon (D), House Campaign Chair: "My suggestion to them is keeping playing that same old record."

Reporter: "Because if they do you win?" State Rep. Dillon nods.

Democrat Brandon Dillon and Republican Aric Nesbitt chair their respective campaign committees in the house and they have a major disagreement on the democratic strategy to pick up six seats in the house to regain control.

The democrats believe the republicans will lose votes because the governor hiked the pension tax on some seniors and cut education, although he denies that point.

State Rep. Dillon's polling data suggests voters are angry over that.

State Rep. Dillon: "The reason the republicans are doing this is because they know the taxpayers are angry for getting only about 22 cents a day in tax relief."

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R), House Campaign Chair contends, the democrats tried that same argument two years ago and while they did pick up five seats, they still failed to regain control.

In other words he is comfortable the democrats can't win.

State Rep. Nesbitt "In 2012 the democrats said the same thing and we maintain control of the house because the people want us in charge."

State Rep. Nesbitt says the fact that President Obama is not at the top of the ticket next November means fewer democrats will show up to vote in house races.

The state democratic party chair however is working hard to make sure the 900,000 democrats who didn't bother to vote for Virg Bernero will return to the polls this year to vote for Mark Schauer.

So who has the right message? The answer to that will determine which party controls the house next year.

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