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Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006

Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006

November 7, 2006

Turnout 3,801,256
 
Nominee Jennifer Granholm Dick DeVos
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,142,513 1,608,086
Percentage 56.3% 42.3%

County results

Governor before election

Jennifer Granholm
Democratic

Elected Governor

Jennifer Granholm
Democratic

Gregory Creswell, the Libertarian candidate for governor
Douglas Campbell, the Green Party candidate for governor
Bhagwan Dashairya, the Constitution Party candidate for governor

The Michigan gubernatorial election of 2006 was one of the 36 U.S. gubernatorial elections held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm was re-elected over Republican businessman Dick DeVos, Libertarian Gregory Creswell, Green Douglas Campbell, and U.S. Taxpayer Candidate Bhagwan Dashairya. The margin (rounded to the nearest percent) was 56% (Granholm), 42% (DeVos), 1% (Creswell), 1% (Campbell) and <1% (Dashairya).[1]

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Candidates 2
    • Defeated primary candidate 2.1
  • Primary contests 3
  • Criticisms of Governor Granholm 4
  • Criticisms of the DeVos campaign 5
  • Lieutenant governor candidates 6
  • Tax statements for 2006 candidates 7
  • Campaign ads 8
  • The Detroit Effect 9
  • Notable endorsements 10
    • Granholm endorsements 10.1
    • DeVos endorsements 10.2
    • No endorsements 10.3
  • Debates 11
    • WKAR-TV debate 11.1
    • WOOD-TV debate 11.2
    • WXYZ-TV debate 11.3
    • CMN-TV (of Troy) debate 11.4
  • Election results 12
  • Polling 13
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16

Background

After her first election as Governor in 2002, Granholm was widely seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party. However, due in large part to a weak Michigan economy and high unemployment, her popularity dropped sharply after she took office in 2003. In August 2006, her approval rating was 47 percent.[2] Former Alticor president Dick DeVos, a son of billionaire Amway co-founder Richard DeVos,[3] a Republican, declared his candidacy against Granholm on June 2, 2005.

DeVos brought significant assets to the race. A multimillionaire, he had developed substantial political contacts with the full participation of his wife, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Betsy DeVos, despite which, fully 85% of the DeVos campaign's contributions were from DeVos' inheritance.[4] As the 2006 election approached, the DeVos family was listed among the biggest Republican campaign contributors in Michigan.[5]

The DeVos and Campbell campaigns each made a major issue of the state's economy. DeVos assailed the Single Business Tax and the economic doldrums & job outsourcing which occurred during Granholm's first term; Campbell assailed the $12 billion taken from Michigan's taxpayers and appropriated to the military siege of Iraq (which he calls "Duhbbya's Folly") and advocated for a local currency, independent of the U.S. dollar which he and running mate David Skrbina say is in imminent jeopardy of collapse. Granholm responded that her policies have saved thousands of jobs. She also attacked DeVos's partisanship, wealth, and tenure at Alticor. DeVos, Campbell and Granholm all assailed the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative which was exclusively supported by Creswell,[6][7] and passed by a landslide.[8]

Candidates

Defeated primary candidate

  • Republican Dr. Louis Boven, a Holland, MI chiropractor, was running a write-in campaign for the Republican primary. Boven tried to make the primary ballot but fell short of the 15,000 signatures needed to have a name placed on the ballot for governor.

Primary contests

Granholm had no opposition in the primary election, which was held August 8.

DeVos was originally facing two other Republicans; state Representative Jack Hoogendyk of Portage and state Senator Nancy Cassis of Novi, both dropped out by summer 2005. A political unknown, Louis Boven tried to challenge him in the primary, but failed to meet Michigan election requirements to get on the ballot. Boven later ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign.

Criticisms of Governor Granholm

Opponents of

  • by Tim Skubick from the University of Michigan PressSee Dick and Jen Run
  • Granholm for Governor campaign Website
  • DeVos for Governor campaign Website
  • Campbell for Governor campaign Website
  • Dashairya for Governor campaign Website
  • Dr. Louis Boven for Governor campaign Website

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References

See also

Source Date Granholm (D) DeVos (R) Creswell (L) Campbell (G) Dashairya (T)
EPIC-MRA Nov 6, 2006 49% 42%
Strategic Vision Nov 6, 2006 52% 42% (no option) (no option) (no option)
Mason-Dixon Nov 5, 2006 52% 38% 0–2% 0–2% 0–2%
Survey USA Nov 5, 2006 51% 45% 2% 1% 1%
Free Press-Local 4 Michigan Poll Nov 5, 2006 54% 41%
EPIC-MRA Nov 3, 2006 49% 42%
EPIC-MRA Nov 2, 2006 52% 43%
Strategic Vision Nov 2, 2006 50% 42% (no option) (no option) (no option)
EPIC-MRA Oct 31, 2006 52% 42%

Zogby/WSJ

Oct 31, 2006 51.6% 42.7% 0–5.7% 0–5.7% 0–5.7%
EPIC-MRA Oct 27, 2006 48% 43% 1% 1%
Research 2000 Oct 25, 2006 50% 40%
Survey USA Oct 25, 2006 52% 45% 1% 1%
Rasmussen Oct 25, 2006 53% 42%
Strategic Vision Oct 24, 2006 47% 43%
Zogby/WSJ Oct 19, 2006 50.6% 44.1%
Free Press-Local 4 Michigan Poll Oct 15, 2006 49% 41%
EPIC-MRA(raw data) Oct 13, 2006 51% 42% 2%
Survey USA Oct 9, 2006 50% 45% 1% 1% 1%
Rasmussen Oct 8, 2006 49% 42%
EPIC-MRA Oct 5, 2006 46% 40% 1% 1%
Zogby/WSJ Sept 28, 2006 49.9% 40.8%
Strategic Vision Sept 20, 2006 47% 46%
Survey USA Sept 18, 2006 47% 47% 1% 2% 1%
EPIC-MRA Sept. 14, 2006 50% 42%
Zogby/WSJ Sept. 11, 2006 49.4% 44.0%
Rasmussen Sept. 7, 2006 46% 48%
Free Press-Local 4 Michigan Poll Sept. 3, 2006 46% 44%
Strategic Vision August 29, 2006 48% 43%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 50.8% 43.6%
EPIC-MRA August 23, 2006 49% 42% 3%
Survey USA August 22, 2006 47% 47%
Rasmussen August 16, 2006 47% 46%
EPIC-MRA August 16, 2006 50% 47%
Survey USA August 8, 2006 42% 50% 6%
Rasmussen August 1, 2006 42% 48%
Strategic Vision July 27, 2006 44% 48%
EPIC-MRA July 26, 2006 47% 44%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 50.5% 44.4%
Free Press-Local 4 Michigan Poll July 15, 2006 42% 47%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 48.1% 46.2%
EPIC-MRA June 21, 2006 44% 46%
Strategic Vision June 21, 2006 41% 48%
Rasmussen June 14, 2006 44% 42%
EPIC-MRA June 12, 2006 40% 48%
Strategic Vision May 24, 2006 42% 45%
EPIC-MRA May 11, 2006 45% 46%
MRG of Lansing May 1–9, 2006 43% 44%
Rasmussen May 5, 2006 44% 43%
Strategic Vision April 21, 2006 43% 42%
EPIC-MRA April 11, 2006 43% 43%
Rasmussen March 27, 2006 44% 44%
MRG of Lansing March 22, 2006 43% 41%
Strategic Vision March 15, 2006 50% 33%
EPIC-MRA March 9, 2006 51% 41%
Rasmussen Feb 14, 2006 44% 43%
EPIC-MRA Feb 12, 2006 53% 36%
Strategic Vision Feb 3, 2006 48% 34%
Rasmussen Jan 20, 2006 49% 38%
Strategic Vision Dec 22, 2005 46% 35%
Rasmussen Dec 2, 2005 48% 36%
EPIC-MRA Nov 29, 2005 58% 35%
Strategic Vision Nov 21, 2005 44% 33%
EPIC-MRA Oct 25, 2005 53% 30%
Strategic Vision Oct 25, 2005 46% 35%
Strategic Vision Sept 29, 2005 47% 33%

DeVos, buoyed by the political ads he ran, led in the polls for most of the Summer. DeVos' lead eroded when Granholm ads started running and Granholm had built up a lead as voters found out more about the candidates culminating in the three debates, and as political fortunes soured for Republicans across the country.

Polling

Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006[112]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jennifer Granholm (Incumbent) 2,142,513 56.36% +4.95%
Republican Dick DeVos 1,608,086 42.30% -5.09%
Libertarian Greg Creswell 23,524 0.62%
Green Douglas Campbell 20,009 0.53% -0.27%
Constitution Bhagwan Dashairya 7,087 0.19% -0.20%
Write-ins 37 0.00% 0.00%
Majority 534,427 14.06% +10.04%
Turnout 3,801,256
Democratic hold Swing

Election results

This debate was broadcast on October 18 from CMN-TV in Troy at 5:30 PM. It was the only televised debate to which all gubernatorial candidates were invited. It also was only the only televised debate in which the majority of gubernatorial candidates participated. This debate included Libertarian Gregory Creswell, Green Douglas Campbell, and U.S. Taxpayer Candidate Bhagwan Dashairya (Dashairya identified himself as a Constitution Party (listed on ballot as U.S. Taxpayers Party) candidate).[30][110][111] [1]

CMN-TV (of Troy) debate

During the opening statements of the third debate, Gov. Granholm attacked DeVos for using pictures of dead children as a campaign tool against her. However, it has come to show that Devos was not the person using the pictures, but supporters of him, who were cheering for him outside of the debate studio.

The third televised debate was October 16 at President Bush and negative ads,[105] while Creswell supporters picketed outside.[106][107][108][109]

WXYZ-TV debate

DeVos also asserted that he had convinced President Bush to set a date to meet with the three major Michigan auto companies. Granholm responded that she didn't believe that was true. DeVos admitted after the debate that he misspoke; the President agreed to have a meeting at some point after the election, but did not confirm a date.[101] On October 24, two weeks after this debate was held, a mid-November date was set for the meeting.[102]

The second was October 10 at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. This debate was more structured than the first debate, but still only included two of the five gubernatorial candidates. DeVos was more aggressive than before, declaring that Granholm had lied about him having a controlling stake in Alterra Health Care, an elder-care company that suppressed information about the abuse of residents by its employees.[98] According to SEC filings, DeVos and his investment partners jointly owned 40% of Alterra stock totalling $173 million.[99] The chairman of Alterra's board, while a close associate of DeVos, nevertheless maintains that DeVos had no part of running the company himself.[100]

WOOD-TV debate

[97][96] No major gaffes came out in the debate, but one minor zinger was made by Granholm about DeVos' investment in Alterra, a chain of nursing homes which sexually abused and neglected its patients.[95] and abortion.[94] was that both DeVos and Granholm emerged losers, losing 2 and 4 percentage points' support after the event. No major gaffes or zingers came out in the debate. Some of the positions were made clear on embryonic stem cell research [93] The first one was October 2 at

WKAR-TV debate

The DeVos and Granholm campaigns agreed to three televised debates.[89] Granholm and DeVos appeared together October 12 at the Detroit Economic Club in which each candidate delivered their job plans.[90]

Debates

  • Michigan Manufacturers Association [86]
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce [87]
  • The Midland Daily News[88]

No endorsements

DeVos endorsements

Granholm endorsements

Notable endorsements

On August 25, 2006, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pledged to actively campaign for Granholm and utilize the campaign team which got him re-elected as mayor.[38] The Michigan Democratic Party held their state convention in city of Detroit at Cobo Hall while the Michigan Republican Party held their convention in the City of Novi in Oakland County at the new Rock Financial Showplace. The Libertarian Party of Michigan held their convention at the Comfort Inn in Chelsea.[39][40] The Green Party had their convention at the Wolverine Dilworth Inn in Boyne City, Michigan.[41]

The Detroit Effect

In a controversial move, the Michigan Republican Party issued a mailing blaming Granholm for a triple murder committed by two people one of whom was mistakenly paroled. The murders led to changes in procedures and the firing of several parole workers.[37]

The Campbell Campaign spent less than $1,000,[35] as was the case with the Dashairya campaign.[36]

In October 2006, the Creswell campaign spent over $10,000 on radio advertising, which while small, was the most spent on a such advertising by any Michigan gubernatorial campaign outside the Democratic or Republican parties.[31][32] The largest investment was made in advertisements on Detroit AM Radio stations WJR and WXYT.[33] These commercials specifically targeted Devos and Granholm by referring to them as candidates of “The two old parties,” and berating them for supporting state-supported preferences based on race and sex: A clear reference to MCRI.[34]

All campaigns made extensive use of the Internet to promote their candidate and criticize the opponents.[7][28][29][30]

In September 2006, the DeVos campaign asked the media to stop airing anti-DeVos ads created by the Democratic party (representing Jennifer Granholm). The CBS affiliate in Cadillac, Michigan is the only known television station to stop airing the ad.[27]

A political ad aired by the DeVos campaign in late July raised the ire of the Detroit Free Press [25] and Lansing State Journal [26] newspapers alleging selective editing of their newspaper articles in a negative fashion to Granholm.

DeVos spent at least $39 million on campaign ads, and $41 million overall, which is more money spent than any other gubernatorial candidate in Michigan History.[23] The Granholm campaign spent at least $13.8 million. The combined money spent by both campaigns made this election the most expensive gubernatorial election in Michigan history. Because of the funds DeVos spent out of his own pockets, he was not eligible for public funds like the Granholm campaign.[24]

Campaign ads

Granholm and her husband earned about $178,000 last year in gross income and paid $35,000 in state and federal taxes, according to published 2005 tax returns.[21] DeVos has not disclosed his personal tax statements. Without releasing actual documents, it is unclear whether the information contained in the tax statements would reveal any conflicts of interest for DeVos as governor of Michigan. A conflict did emerge previously involving the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids of which DeVos is a partial owner, due to some conferences the state government has held there.[22] Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer and the Granholm campaign criticized DeVos for not releasing his tax returns. DeVos campaign spokesman John Truscott said voters are more worried about the economy than what's being paid in taxes.[21] Neither Creswell nor Campbell released personal tax statements to the media.

Tax statements for 2006 candidates

Other running mates were Scotty Boman for the Libertarian Party,[18] David Skrbina for the Green Party[19] and Carl Oehling for the Constitution Party.[20]

On the Republican side, DeVos selected former State Representative and Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson as his running mate on August 14.[17]

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry was Granholm's running mate on the Democratic side.

Lieutenant governor candidates

Some Michigan Republicans were described as supporting Granholm.[16]

DeVos' plan to eliminate a tax on business equipment which funds local governments and schools raised the ire of some local officials.[15]

DeVos made economic issues a priority. Detroit News columnist Laura Berman asserted in July 2006 that the candidate was coy when asked about social issues.[13] DeVos was also described as being silent on environmental issues.[14]

After initially opposing Governor Granholm's policy of ordering the lowering of flags at half-staff to honor Michigan soldiers who died in action in the Iraq War, DeVos reversed himself on June 7, 2006 after receiving several complaints from veterans and their families.[12]

Some of DeVos' critics asserted that his leadership of highly controversial Alticor outsourced thousands of jobs to China while eliminating 1,400 jobs in Michigan. The DeVos campaign responded that more than 400 high paying jobs were created in Michigan to support the expansion of Alticor into China, and no product produced in China is even shipped to the United States. DeVos also says that no American job went to a Chinese worker. This would show that Alticor has not directly outsourced jobs, but is growing into a global company. It is unclear whether Alticor considered exporting goods from Michigan to China.

Criticisms of the DeVos campaign

DeVos complained, on March 9, 2006, that a public service announcement telling residents who to contact if they cannot afford to pay their heating costs during Michigan's freezing winter, produced by DTE Energy Co. and given by Granholm was in his opinion a Granholm campaign commercial in disguise.[11]

Granholm was also attacked for allegedly supporting Michigan's single business tax (SBT), something that no other state uses. Granholm responded that she did not support the SBT, but rather opposed plans by the Republican-controlled state legislature to eliminate the tax without replacing the lost revenue.

[10] Bush did announce afterwards that he will meet with automakers after the November election.[9]

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