To The Point: Michigan GOP, Democratic chairs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A lot of politicians heaved a sigh of relief at the conclusion of the primary election news.

But the November general election is only about 80 days away — and that’s where “To The Point” directs its focus this week.

Bobby Schostack, chair of the Michigan Republican Party, had an optimistic assessment of his party’s chances across the board in November.

“I think that we’ve got great candidates. We are well-funded operation. We’ve got a great message under Governor (Rick) Snyder, what we’ve accomplished over the last … four years. And the results will be that we’re not only going to have our majorities intact, I think we have a very good shot at keeping or increasing our margins in the House and have a good majority again in the Senate,” Schostack said. “Up and down the ticket, Bill Schuette will be reelected, Ruth Johnson will be reelected. We’ve got Supreme Court races to protect got two great justices there. Ed boards, I think we’re in a really good spot.”

The Democrats, as expected, had a different take.

Party Chair Lon Johnson was asked if he was more or less encouraged about Democratic chances of picking up seats in the state House and Senate after the primary.

“Absolutely more encouraged. We’re set. We need five seats. We know which seats they are. We’ve got great candidates and we’ll be aggressively going after them,” he said. “But most importantly, when you look at the Republicans, they had often times, even when the Tea Party candidate didn’t win, they garnered … 20, 30% of the vote spending no money. They’re in civil war over there. Frankly, they’re a hot mess.”

==Above, in the Aug. 10, 2014 episode of “To The Point,” Schostack and Johnson talk about the Aug. 5 primary and the November general election.==

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