Skubick: Parties fill out tickets during weekend conventions


LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan Republicans and Democrats met in state party conventions this weekend and now Michigan voters know who the candidates are going to be for a variety of statewide posts.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick highlights those races and looks into concerns among Republicans over Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.

GlenGarrif pollster Richard Czuba gets right to the point. “The top of the ticket is going to be a drag if this doesn’t turn around.”

With Donald Trump at the top of the ticket and if he does poorly in Michigan, Republicans running for other offices could lose, so the theory goes.

At the two party conventions this weekend:State Supreme Court

  • For the State Supreme Court the Republicans are running two incumbents, Justices David Viviano and Joan Larsen.
  • The Democrats have nominated Wayne County Circuit Judges Deborah Thomas and Frank Szymanski.

State Board of Education

  • The Democrats nominated the current State Board of Education president John Austin and former Granholm administration welfare director Ismael Ahmed.
  • The Republicans picked former Rep. Tom McMillin and newcomer Nicolette Snyder, no relation to the governor.

MSU Board of Trustees

  • Republicans selected William Deary and Dan Kelly for the MSU Board of Trustees.
  • Incumbents Dianne Byrum from Ingham County and Diann Woodward were picked by the Democrats for the MSU board.

UM Board of Trustees

  • Democrats went with incumbents Denise Ilitch and Laurence Deitch
  • Republicans picked Ron Weiser and Carl Meyer

Wayne State Board of Trustee

  • Republicans selected Michael Busuito and Kim Shimna
  • Former union president Mark Gaffney and Yvette Anderson are the Democrats choices.

As a rule most voters don’t have the foggiest notion as to who these candidates are so often times the top of the ticket can influence who wins these statewide offices.

But this year, Republicans are concerned about their candidate at the top and the impact he could have on these races.

“Anytime that you are losing at the top of the ticket and unless that turns around, it could impact races down the ticket,” says Czuba.

In one poll last Friday, Ms. Clinton had a seven-point lead but a new Reuters poll over the weekend gave a 44-43 edge to Mr. Trump, a statistical tie.

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