Mackinac Straw Poll Results
During the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this weekend, MIRS News and Crain’s Detroit Business took a straw poll of the attendees. The poll included questions about candidate preferences (including undeclared candidates) and various ballot proposals. They released the results on Saturday evening, based on almost 700 responses.
The Republican nominee for Governor will be determined by the statewide primary on August 7, 2018.
The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate will also be determined by the August 7 primary.
The Republican nominee for Attorney General is chosen by the delegates to the August, 2018 state convention.
Secretary of State
The Republican nominee for Secretary of State is also chosen at the state convention.
21.31%|Mary Treder Lang
The nominee for Lieutenant Governor is chosen by the Gubernatorial nominee and confirmed by the state convention delegates. (NOTE: The paper ballots did not include Ronna Romney McDaniel, unlike the electronic ballots.)
10.38%|Ronna Romney McDaniel
Clean Michigan Government Part Time Legislature
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use
Repealing Prevailing Wage
Voters Not Politicians redistricting reform
Paid Sick Leave Requirement
Shutting down Enbridge Line 5 under the Straits
$12 minimum wage by 2022
The ballot proposals will receive a statewide vote on November 6, 2018, provided the organizers collect enough signatures. All voters (Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc.) would be voting on these proposals.
If the straw poll were an accurate predictor of the primary races, then the GOP ticket would look like this:
- Schuette/Schuitmaker for Governor/Lieutenant Governor
- Young for U.S. Senate
- Grot for Secretary of State
- Leonard for Attorney General
Of course, the poll of Republican activists at the MRLC can only be so accurate, and a lot can change between now and next August. In the meantime, Republicans should continue to keep their promises and prove that conservatism works. If they do that, a Republican victory will be inevitable in 2018.