Polls Are Closed in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas. Join Our Chat While We Watch the Election Results.

Mitt-man Pete Hoekstra is running for Governor in Michigan against 4 other Republican candidate seeking the nomination. Primaries are also being held (polls now closed) in Missouri and Kansas. Join us as we follow the returns and discuss the election results!

Thanks to all who participated! It was a lively event.

For those who were watching the Michigan Gubernatorial primary race here are the results:
36.4% Snyder (winner)
26.8% Hoekstra
23.0% Cox
12.2% Bouchard
1.6% George

Other winners include Roy Blunt (MO Senate), and Sam Brownback (KS Gov), plus many more. For full results visit: http://www.politico.com/2010/

Also of note is Prop C passes in Missouri by a large margin signaling to the White House the major discontent with ObamaCare.

Hoekstra speaks last night after loss:

Making a Final Push for Pete Hoekstra In Michigan

Earlier today Mitt Romney tweeted:

Polls open for the Michigan Republican Primary tomorrow! Stand with my friend @petehoekstra for Gov. http://bit.ly/7iVbtM

Mitt Romney with Pete Hoekstra

Mitt has backed Pete 110%, and after seeing this video I can see why! Pete is a smart conservative leader who will keep taxes low, cut wasteful spending and create jobs. Pete Hoekstra has the capability and the right policies to get Michigan’s economy moving again.

See also: We NEED Pete Hoekstra as Michigan’s Next Governor! Vote August 3rd

Hat tip BOSMAN - Mitt Romney Interviews on FOX47 Michigan Talk Network. They discuss Pete Hoekstra and other issues on primary election day:

We NEED Pete Hoekstra as Michigan’s Next Governor! Vote August 3rd

Pete Hoekstra’s Response to ‘Obama’s Victory Lap for Auto Bailout?’

Two weeks ago, President Obama came into my home district [and] he trash-talked me because I’m the leading candidate for governor. And today he’s coming in because the primary is on Tuesday and [Democratic Rep.] Carolyn Kilpatrick is in the race of her political life, and he’s going to use this to promote her candidacy. He says he’s doing these trips for this or that, but what he’s really doing is either try to damage one campaign or help another campaign. Why else would a president go into the same state two times in two weeks? It makes no sense.

[And] the president is picking winners and losers [on electric vehicles]. There are all kinds of competing technologies out there to increase fuel efficiency and improve performance … Yes, let’s have the government create an environment for competitive solutions to work their way through the marketplace, but the government is getting overly involved in managing our economy.

I’m sure the president will not talk about one of the most devastating things that happened when the government took over the auto industry: how they made the disastrous decision to close all these auto dealerships in an unfair way. There were a lot of people and a lot of families that were hurt when he did that.

He won’t talk about the negative things, he’ll just try to talk about the positive, but there were dramatic negatives that happened when this president made some of the decisions that he made regarding the auto industry.

I’m glad we’re getting new jobs in Michigan with that, but what people in Michigan are saying is, “Let’s have less government interference in our businesses. Let us compete in the market dynamics and we’ll be just fine.”

State of the race: In the last days of this primary campaign, the field has been narrowed down to three candidates who all have a chance to win on Tuesday. Pete Hoekstra, Mike Cox, and Rick Snyder are all in a position to win this race. As most of you know, Michigan has had Democrat Jennifer Granholm running our state over the last 8 years, and many people in the usually blue Michigan are ready to vote for a Republican in November. In the polling that has been done, a generic republican candidate beats a democratic candidate by huge margins. However, Mike Cox’s campaign has been boosted by Mike Huckabee’s endorsement which has helped him get through the scandal that has cast a shadow over his entire campaign from the start. Democrats across the whole state want Mike Cox to win because his baggage will make him the easiest to beat in November. Rick Snyder is a rich outsider who didn’t attend most of the debates and bankrolled the majority of his campaign. He is an unknown who only has a chance to win this race because of the enormous amount of money he has spent on the campaign. He is suspected of being socially liberal and economically conservative, but his lack of legislative experience makes it hard to know for sure.

Pete is the candidate we want to win for sure and we don’t have any more time left to wait and hope he wins. We need to help him NOW! As you can see here, Mitt has been working hard to help Pete and should Pete win, Michigan will be forever grateful. Michigan will finally have a conservative governor!

How can you help?
1. Support Pete Hoekstra on Facebook and invite your friends to do the same.

2. Spread this post to every Mitt supporter you know using every social network you have an account with.

3. Subscribe to Pete’s YouTube channel and comment on his newest videos. Plus, you can look at earlier videos of the enormous amount of great endorsements Pete has gotten for this campaign.

4. The campaign also has some great ways to help whether you live in Michigan or not.

Mitt Romney Goes to Michigan Again to Boost Pete Hoekstra

What a day for Pete Hoekstra! If you didn’t know, Pete Hoekstra is currently the ranking republican on the Intelligence Committee in Congress. However, instead of seeking re-election, he is running for Governor of Michigan. Gov. Romney endorsed Pete months ago, and as you can see here, Mitt has already been to Michigan on Pete’s behalf. No one is personally working harder and more effectively around the country to elect conservatives this November than Mitt!

Anyway, this is how today went for Congressman Hoekstra:
Early in the morning, Dr. James Dobson endorsed Pete and the Hoekstra campaign began airing a radio ad of the endorsement which can be heard here. Soon after that announcement, brace yourselves… The Michigan Teamsters announced their support of Pete Hoekstra. When you add those endorsements to the likes of David Barton (constitutional expert and founder of Wallbuilders), Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, Rick Santorum, and many others, Pete is putting together the most impressive coalition I can remember seeing in Michigan politics.

Next came the first of two fundraisers Mitt attended with Pete. The first fundraiser was in Grosse Point at this beautiful home of the Liggett family.

This event was very well attended and organized. The volunteers were energetic and helpful while the food was fantastic as well. When Pete came in with Mitt, he remarked that he was blown away by the attendance. There was even an overflow room with an audio feed of the remarks Mitt and Pete gave to the audience. The campaign also distributed more yard signs than they anticipated which was great to see.

Then, in between the first and second fundraiser, Mitt and Pete met up with Candice Miller at a press stop at American Coney Island in Detroit. They talked to a lot of business owners about the problems they are facing in Michigan.

Here’s a link to Mitt’s tweet about the stop.

Finally, after some more positive poll numbers for the Hoekstra campaign were released, I arrived 45 minutes early to help set up for the second fundraiser.

This event was also very successful. Mitt used to live down the street from the Kiriluk family where this event was held. Several people sent in money to the Hoekstra campaign for this event even though they could not attend in person. Congressman Hoekstra is extremely fortunate, thankful, and deserving of all the help Mitt and the Free & Strong America PAC has given him. Today was just another example of a plethora of examples we can point to of Mitt doing everything he can to bring America back. Despite our best efforts here at MRC, we still fail to report on (usually due to lack of media coverage) many of the times Mitt helps conservatives all over the country. However, think about this: Mitt has endorsed over 100 candidates for the 2010 elections and has been doing approximately three personal appearances a day for months now on behalf of those candidates. Mitt’s hard work is going to be paying dividends for our entire country for years to come.

If you live in Michigan, please sign up to join Team Hoekstra for a statewide door-to-door campaign called Super Saturday (July 17th). Even if you can’t come, try to recruit some people who can.

Also, no matter where you live in the U.S., even a $10 donation will go a long way to helping Congressman Hoekstra win the Republican nomination to be the next Governor of the state of Michigan. The Hoekstra campaign has been outspent by a huge margin, but Congressman Hoekstra has made the most of his resources and has maintained a lead despite the millions of dollars being spent by his opponents. Until this week, the Hoekstra campaign had spent only $5,000 total in television ads. Please join Mitt’s PAC and make a donation to Pete if you can.

The Romney News Round-Up: Polls and Articles and Endorsements Oh My

There have been a number of Romney related news articles the past few days that have gone unreported here. It appears that all of us bloggers are suffering from life-is-too-hectic-to-have-time-to-blog disease at the same time. It happens, especially near the end of the school semester.

Here is what we missed:

Romney leads PPP’s Arizona Poll: Romney 27% - Gingrich 19% - Palin 13% - Huckabee 12% - Paul 9% - Undecided 19%. Romney leads among both men and women, conservatives and moderates, and all age groups. (source)

Free and Strong America rolls out endorsements of 7 candidates for office in Illinois:

Congressman Mark Kirk: Congressman Mark Kirk currently represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois and is now running for U.S. Senate. For more information about him and his campaign, visit http://www.kirkforsenate.com.

Congressman Peter Roskam: Congressman Peter Roskam currently represents the 6th Congressional District of Illinois and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.roskamforcongress.com.

Congressman Aaron Schock: Congressman Aaron Schock currently represents the 18th Congressional District of Illinois and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.aaronschock.com.

Robert Dold: Robert Dold is a small business owner who is running to represent the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.doldforcongress.com.

Randy Hultgren: Randy Hultgren currently represents the people of Illinois in the State Senate and is now running to represent the 14th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.hultgrenforcongress.com.

Adam Kinzinger: Adam Kinzinger has served in local government and as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He is now is running to represent the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.electadam.com.

Dan Rutherford: Dan Rutherford currently represents the people of Illinois in the State Senate and is now running to become State Treasurer. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.danrutherford.org.


These Illinois endorsements are the seventh in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Nevada. (source)

Mitt Romney endorsed Pete Hoekstra for Governor of Michigan: This is one that I sure hope wins. Coverage and video clips can be found here. BTW… anyone notice any similarities between the profile picture on Pete Hoekstra’s Facebook page and ours? Good work on that Aaron. (hint: become a fan of Hoekstra’s page)

Chris Cillizza comments on Romney “flexing his muscles”:

Romney’s steady roll-out of endorsements is an exercise in some not-so-subtle muscle-flexing by the former governor. Romney led all potential 2012 Republican candidates in fundraising over the first three months of 2010 and has, without question, the most sophisticated political operation of any of the contenders. (source)

Romney quote on Arizona’s new immigration law:

Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law is the direct result of Washington’s failure to secure the border and to protect the lives and liberties of our citizens. […] It is my hope that the law will be implemented with care and caution not to single out individuals based upon their ethnicity. It is increasingly clear that the time has come for Washington to fulfill its responsibility for border security. (source)

All the streets in America are connected - Romney responds to DNC attack ad: I think this should win the quote-of-the-day award.

Democrats attacked Romney in recent days for his defense of Wall Street as the Obama administration pushes for new banking regulations.

[…] And frankly, I don’t believe in discriminating against anybody, regardless of the street they’re from,” he said. “You see, all the streets in America are connected, and scape-goating and demonizing individuals based on where they live or where they work is a big mistake.

Romney went on to say that any bad actors should be punished appropriately. Meanwhile Hoekstra, who’s running for governor, said most of what he saw of recent Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs was political posturing. (source) (hat tip)

Romney comment on Charlie Crist leaving the GOP and running as an Independent: Deeply disappointing.

In related news: 24-hour live webcam shows the nest of a bald eagle family with an egg (1 at least) that hatched just this morning. The little baby eagle is so cute (when you can see him). My wife watched the parents land in the nest with a fish and feed little pieces of it the the baby bird. Watch it any time of day here: http://www.hornbyeagles.com/webcam
How is this related? Well… Romney is going to be the next President of the United States, and the bald eagle is an official emblem of the United States. So you see it’s not too far of a stretch, even though these particular bald eagles are on Hornby Island which is just of the coast of British Columbia.

Lastly: (Video) Charlie Crist announces he will will run for senator of Florida as an independent:

Oh, wait. I’ve posted the wrong video now, haven’t I?

~Nate Gunderson

Special Michigan Event with Pete Hoekstra & Mitt Romney April 28th

Please consider attending this event April 28 and invite some of your Michigan friends to attend as well.  If you look at Mitt’s West Michigan Leadership Team, you’ll notice that Congressman Hoekstra is the very first person listed on Mitt’s West Michigan leadership team for the 2008 primaries.  Mitt Romney has thanked Pete on several occasions for supporting him so early during Mitt’s run for the presidency and especially marveled at how many people Pete contacted in Iowa going door to door on behalf of Mitt.   When Mitt won the primary, look who was one of the main guests there celebrating the victory: http://mittromneycentral.com/2008/01/16/romney-michigan-victory-party-video-interviews-anuzis-hoekstra-madden/

Mitt and Pete go back even further than that.  While reading Mitt’s book Turnaround, I noticed that one of the companies that helped get the Olympics back on track shortly after Mitt was Herman Miller which Pete was in charge of for years before he became a congressman.

Long story short, Pete has been there for Mitt for years and now Mitt is repaying the favor as best he can.  Mitt supports Pete in his run for governor of Michigan.  Pete has been leading the polls for a few months now, but he has some well-funded competition in the republican primary.  This event will not only be a way to give a little financial boost to Pete’s campaign, it will also be a great chance to meet the next governor of the state of Michigan and the next President of the United States.

Thanks everyone!  I hope you’re having a wonderful spring so far!

To register for the event, go to https://govhoekstra.securesites.net/romney.php

If you want to see/print the official invitation, click here.

Mitt Romney in Michigan Speaks on the Auto Industry, the Governor’s Race, and to the New Eagle Scouts

Yesterday was a busy day for Gov. Romney. He delivered a great speech to CPAC, but that wasn’t all. As soon as the speech was over, he rushed to the airport and got on a plane to Michigan where he was the keynote speaker at the 100th Anniversary - Building Character Celebration for the new Eagle Scouts. “I’m convinced that if Boy Scouts were running things here in Michigan, you’d be a lot better off,” Romney said to hefty applause.

Mitt at the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary Dinner

Mitt also gave an interview to the Detroit News where he answered questions on Obama’s first stimulus bill, the Tea-Party movement, his recent plane incident, the Christmas Day bombing attempt, Afghanistan, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Michigan’s 2010 Gubernatorial Race, and the Supreme Court.

If you think that was a busy day for Gov. Romney, just look at his upcoming schedule. Mitt is hosting a fundraiser for Sen. John Thune today, is speaking on numerous conferences in the upcoming months, has an upcoming book tour, and will undoubtedly be campaigning for numerous 2010 candidates all over the country.

UPDATE: Romney stumps for Thune

Hoekstra on Abortion and Romney

Rep. Pete Hoekstra spoke to a small crowd in IA on behalf of Romney.

On abortion in particular, Hoekstra outlined what he and Romney believe: merely passing laws banning the practice is a dead end.

“You cannot just be about focusing on making it more difficult to get an abortion – it’s a much broader concept,” Hoekstra said, highlighting policies to fund adoption as a viable alternative. Link

A wonderful comment- fighting abortion is wider concept, wider than judges I submit. Guiliani has squeaked by thus far with his “I will elect judges like Roberts and Alito.” Many are blindly presuming that this is all a president can do with Socon principles in general. It’s the only way a SoCon could support Guiliani in a primary.

If a president really cares about fighting legalized abortion he can do a multitude of things such as increasing funding for adoption services (as Hoekstra noted), vetoing bills from a democratic congress that liberalize abortion laws even more, push for parental notification laws, push for laws making it illegal to transport minors across state lines for abortions, and using the bully pulpit to make the case on a regular basis. He can also fight against over the counter abortives, something our current president has failed us on.

A President who makes SoCon issues a top priority will veto embryonic stem cell legislation, cloning legislation, and will fight for marriage amendments on the national level and will lend his support on the state level. Romney will fight the cultur war with us.

I ask you this: Will Guiliani fight this fight?