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Poll Shows Democrats Not As Motivated To Vote As Republicans

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A recent nation-wide poll shows democrats aren't as motivated to vote in the November election as the republicans.

Here in Michigan, according to 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick the democrats are hoping to use the minimum wage issue to drive their voters to the polls.

Whenever a presidential candidate is on the ballot, voter turnout in Michigan is strong.

When a presidential candidate is not on the ballot, over a million democrats could stay home in what they call the off-year election.

This is an off year election for Mr. Snyder and if those million democrats don't vote, his chances of winning go up.

A Pew national survey indicates republicans are more energized to vote than the democrats which could produce more republicans at the polls in November.

Democrats hope to use the minimum wage issue to drive those 1 million democrats back to the polls.

"I think the minimum wage effort could bring out a lot of folks. How many times do you get to go to the polls and vote yourself a raise? That minimum wage issue could help a million people in the state to get a raise," said Mark Brewer, former State Democratic Chair.

Democrats need women to win, which is part of the reason why democratic candidate Mark Schauer picked a female running mate.

"Women are the votes. Women are the workers in politics. We are 52 percent of the population," said Brenda Lawrence, (d), former Lt. Gov. Candidate.

The state GOP chair predicts a voter turnout of about 3.2 million, but the democratic chair hopes his aggressive get out the vote strategy will bump that number to 3.7 million.

The last time that happened, however, was in 2002 when candidate Jennifer Granholm energized 4 million voters.

Critics of Mr. Schauer claim he does not have the charisma she had to do that.

You don't need charisma to get elected. John Engler demonstrated that.

Republicans are confident their voters will show up to protest Obamacare.

"Something that's energizing our base. You look at the dismal record of Obamacare. 49 percent strongly disapprove of it," said State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (r), House Campaign Committee.

If Mr. Schostak is right on lower voter turn out, republicans will likely win, but if Mr. Johnson succeeds in convincing a million democrats to come back home, his side will likely win.

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