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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, November 3, 2008

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NEARING THE FINISH

Groups,
make last
pushes on
campus
College Dems chair:
We're 'trying to run
up the score'
By JULIE ROWE
Daily StaffReporter
After months of campaigning,
the College Democrats and Col-
lege Republicans are preparing
for their final campus push to turn
out voters for their respective can-
didates.
With polls showing a double-
digit lead for Democratic presi-
dential nominee Barack Obama
in Michigan, Styer said his group
is no longer focusing its efforts on
just "winning the game." Now, he
said, they're "trying to run up the
score."
"It's one thing to win by a point
or two," he said. "But if we can win
inalandslide in thepopularvote, if
we can win with a clear landslide
in the electoral vote, Obama enters
the presidency with a mandate."
To make sure the Democrats
on campus turn out to vote for
Obama, Styer said the group will
be calling and knocking on the
doors of every student registered
to vote and blanketing the campus
with flyers and posters.
College Democrats members*
spent Saturday campaigning in
Oakland County for Gary Peters,
the Democratic challenger to
0 incumbent 9th District Rep. Joe
Knollenberg, and began their final
canvassing and phone banking
drives yesterday.
Styer said 80 students volun-
teered yesterday, a number well
above what he anticipated.
See CAMPAIGN, Page 7A
HOW TO
TOMORROW
JACOB SMILOVITZ
DAILY STAFF REPORTER

Macomb
could go
either
way Tues.
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
Daily StaffReporter
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.
- Less than an hour's drive from
Ann Arbor, Macomb County has
for years typi-
fied the trials
and tribulations
of the Rust Belt,
a region tom-
prised largely £
of white, blue-
collar workers.
To political insiders and opera-
tives, it is considered a hotbed of
so-called Reagan Democrats - the
traditionally Democratic voters
from Midwestern, working-class
areas who supported Republican
Ronald Reagan in the 1980 and
1984 elections in opposition to the
economic troublesthey facedunder
former President Jimmy Carter, a
Democrat.
Recent election cycles have
shown the region can tilt either
way. In 2004, President Bush
edged out Democratic opponent
John Kerry by less than two per-
cent in Macomb but ultimately lost
the state. Four years earlier, Bush
lost the county by two percent to
Democrat Al Gore.
In 2006, the county heavily
supported Democratic Gov. Jen-
nifer Granholm. During that same
election, though, the county was
staunch in its support for Pro-
posal 2, which banned affirmative
action at public institutions across
the state. Macomb voters voted
2-to-1 in favor of the ballot initia-
tive, which most Democratic and
minority interest groups opposed.
The county's vote raises the ques-
See MACOMB, Page 7A

John McCain campaign volunteers make phone calls from the Republican presidential nominee's campaign office in Grand Rapids Saturday.
In the state's west a conservative counterweight

Kent, Ottawa Party, said
canvassers
counties key to will knock
on 100,000
Republican hopes Grand Rap-
ids-area
By JULIE ROWE doors over
Daily StaffReporter the final three days before
the election. The organiza-
GRAND RAPIDS - Western tion will deliver pamphlets
Michigan conservatives, long promoting Republican candi-
considered the counterbalance dates, including presidential
to the overwhelmingly liberal nominee John McCain.
voters of Ann Arbor and Detroit, Volunteers will make phone
have entered into the final stage calls to Republican and undecid-
of their campaign to turn out ed voters until polls have closed,
Republican supporters on Elec- to make sure every conservative
tion Day. in the county voter casts a ballot,
Sam Moore, director of Moore said.
the Kent County Republican See GRAND RAPIDS, Page 7A

EAST AND WEST
While Ann Arbor and Detroit skewed Democratic in the 2004 presidential elec-
tion, the state's west skewed Republican. But it has less than half as many voters.
KENT/OTTAWA COUNTIES WAYNE/WASHTENAW
COUNTIES

Total: 419,538 Total: 1,038,624
sOURCE: MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE

Go to your polling place as
designated by your voter
registration card.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and
close at 8 p.m.

Bring some form of photo
identification and some-
thing that shows your local
address. This can include:
Your MCard
EDriver's license
HA utility bill or your voter
registration card

If you don't have an ID, you
can still vote. Ask the poll
worker to let you sign an'
affidavit stating that you
are not in possession of a
photo ID.

Cast your vote.
If you choose to vote
straight party, don't forget
to vote in the non-partisan
judicial section.

Don't wear any
campaign paraphernalia
within 100 feet of the
polling place.
If you are voting absen-
tee, your city clerk must
receive your ballot by 8
p.m. on election night.

At U,' Nader decries two-party system,

RELIGION AND POLITICS
Speaker: Jesus wouldn't
be a single-issue voter

Candidate running
in Mich. on Natural
Law Party ticket
By CAITLIN SCHNEIDER
Daily StaffReporter
AspollsshowedDemocraticnom-
inee Barack Obama with a growing,
double-digit lead in Michigan, both
he and Republican candidate John
McCain largely abandoned their
efforts in the state more than a
. month ago. Despite that, or perhaps
because of it, third-party candidate
Ralph Nader spoke to a large crowd
at the Michigan Union Friday.
The consumer advocate and
three-time presidential candi-

date held a press conference and
rally with about 250 supporters,
addressing the nation's financial
crisis, corporate responsibility, civic
engagement and what he described
as the failures of the two-party sys-
tem.
"When are the American people
goingtogetangry?"Naderaskedthe
audience. "They've got two corrupt
parties bordering on decay, who
have turned your government - the
only countervailing force against
global corporations and corporate
globalization - into an indentured
servant for them."
During a press conference before
his speech, Nader spoke on issues
specific to Michigan, including the
state's ailing auto industry. He said
See NADER, Page 3A

At Christian event,
students urged to
weigh policies of
both candidates
By THOMAS CHAN
Daily StaffReporter
How would Jesus vote?
That's the question Fred Bai-
ley, regional coordinator for
Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
ship, aimed to answer during a
talk in Palmer Commons Friday

night.
Speaking to a group of about
90, Bailey said there's reason for
Christians to vote for Republi-
can presidential candidate John
McCain because of his pro-life
views. Bailey said people can
vote for Democratic nominee
Barack Obama if they believe he
could better improve the quality
of life for mothers and children.
Instead of endorsing one can-
didate or party, Bailey advised
the audience to consider nation-
al priorities and each candidate's
beliefs, policy proposals and
See RELIGION, Page 7A

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who's running on the Natural Law Party ticket
in Michigan, spoke at the Michigan Union Fridly afternoon.

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