Flint, Michigan (WJRT) — It’s been a week since the midterm elections and the first test of redrawing Michigan’s precinct lines.
The goal of the commission to redraw district boundaries was to increase competition and fairness among political parties. If the amount spent on advertising and campaigns is any indicator, the stakes are high.
For the first time in decades, Democrats have a chance to control the state legislature and the Senate, and some of Michigan’s newly elected congressional districts could determine who controls the House.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin faces a fierce and costly battle with Republican state Senator Tom Barrett in the newly created 7th congressional district.
EPIC-MRA President Barney Porno said, “The Slotkin Bullet Race has the potential to be one of the most expensive in the country.
This is because the district, home to about 775,000 inhabitants, was drawn very competitively, split politically roughly down the middle. Not only are candidates fighting for voters they’ve never represented before, seats in newly elected constituencies could help determine which party controls the House of Representatives. I have.
“There are four (U.S. congressional) constituencies that are very democratic…if they win Kildee, they’ll have five,” Porno says.
If they get a Kildee, Michigan is something they haven’t heard in about 40 years.Since 1977, there’s been a Kildee to represent this traditionally democratic blue-collar manufacturing area, starting with Dale Kildee and continuing in 2013. Dan Kildee succeeded his uncle in 1944.
“This will be the closest Kildee race to Dunn or Dale in 40 years,” said retired political analyst Paul Rojicki, after teaching political science at Flint’s Mott Community College throughout his Kildee years.
Michigan’s newly drawn 8th District now traditionally includes Republican and Independent bases. Midland and Tuscola counties are more rural and conservative. His Republican opponent, Paul Junge, supports right to life in Michigan.
“If you look at the neighborhoods, the cities of Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City are very democratic. “So it’s a very mixed district.”
“He needs to be a little country, a little rock ‘n’ roll…as long as it appeals to Midland farmers.It’s very competitive.The Democrats can lose.”
This year, for the first time in decades, Michigan Democrats could gain control of the state capitol.
One of the newly redrawn state Senate elections that will help determine who holds that power is the 35th Senate seat, which includes the cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland.
And the rivalry between Democratic state Senate candidate Kristen McDonald Rivet and Republican Rep. Annette Glenn is fierce.
As far as Genesee County is concerned, the reorganization made Flint an independent and safe democratic seat, but the reorganization created more competition around it.
“We are still very competitive,” says Rozycki. “It’s not going to be a slam dunk for either team, but I think we’re a lot more competitive than we were before.”