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Democrat Running for Mich. Gov. Voted in GOP Primary to Hurt Romney

By    |   Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:03 AM

Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer, who is challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder in Tuesday's midterms, voted in the 2012 Republican primary, The Daily Caller reported.

Schauer voted by absentee ballot in Michigan's Republican primary purportedly to undermine the strength of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to the Caller.

There was no contest on the Democratic side since President Barack Obama was unchallenged. "There was nobody to vote for on the Democratic side of the ballot," Schauer told mlive.com last July.

"I try not to miss any elections, and so no, I don't encourage that, but I think that's up to every individual voter to decide. Michigan is full of crossover and independent voters."

Some Democratic operatives encouraged crossover voting because they wanted Rick Santorum to come out ahead of Romney. The Detroit-born Romney narrowly won the primary.

In the current race, Schauer, who has been a state representative and state senator as well as a U.S. congressman, has staked out liberal positions on taxes and gay marriage. He supports the Affordable Care Act, though he arranged for his campaign staff to have their healthcare covered through the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Caller also reported.
Snyder leads Schauer in a tight race. Michigan polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

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Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer, who is challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder in Tuesday's midterms, voted in the 2012 Republican primary purportedly to undermine Mitt Romney, The Daily Caller reported.
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