Native Vote Michigan
From Native Vote 2010:
The state of Michigan encompasses 12 American Indian tribes within its borders. The American Indian and Alaska Native population makes up 1.25% of the state, and 1.12% of eligible Michigan voters. There will be no Senate races this year, but there is an open seat and a tight race in districts throughout the state.
The 1st congressional district is preparing for a competitive race as Congressman Bart Stupak (D) has announced that he will not seek reelection. In his place, Gary McDowell (D) is challenging Dan Benishek (R). Because this district has no traditional ties to either party, the 3% of American Indian and Alaska Native voters in the district have the potential to determine the final outcome. Benishek is currently ahead in the polls by 16 points (45-29), but the national media has labed this race as a toss-up. Tribes: Bay Mills, Grand Traverse, Hannahville, Keweenah Bay, Lac Vieux Desert, Little Traverse Bay, Sagina Chippewa, Sault Ste. Marie
The 7th congressional district is leaning toward the Republican candidate Tim Walberg, but Representative Mark Schauer (D) currently holds office. Schauer is completing his first term as Congressman, which resulted from a 2 point win over Walberg just two years ago. The American Indian and Alaska Native population is 1.2%, and they account for over 1% of eligible voters in the district. Tribe: Huron Potawatomi
Primary Election – August 3, 2010
General Election – November 2, 2010
Voter Registration closes October 4, 2010
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