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October 23, 2014

Michigan: Special Election for Thaddeus McCotter’s Seat Up in Air

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) kept his fellow Michigan Republicans waiting Monday for word on whether he’d call a special election in the newly vacant 11th district.

The governor’s office will continue to review the Wolverine State’s election law before making a decision, according to his spokeswoman.

The 11th district is vacant following Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) resignation Friday. The quirky Congressman’s move further complicates an already unique race to replace him.

After McCotter failed to make the primary ballot in May, only reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio remained on the Aug. 7 GOP ballot. Instead of supporting the

little-known candidate, local GOP officials opted to back former state Sen. Nancy Cassis as a write-in candidate.

Snyder would prefer not to hold a special election, one Michigan Republican source said. But his decision could help Cassis if the special election is on the same day as the primary. That would put Cassis’ name on the ballot somewhere — a helpful hint for voters who want to spell her name on the write-in line.

But a spokesman from the Michigan Elections Divisions said he was unsure whether holding a primary so soon is even legal under state election law.

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