Susan J. Demas: Will Michigan matter in the 2016 presidential election?


With five Republican presidential candidates gracing Mackinac Island with their presence this weekend, the state is seeing renewal of a decades-long debate:

Will Michigan matter in next year's election?

The answer is: Of course, but (alas) we almost certainly won't be critical — in the general election, that is.

But don't fret. There are signs that 2016 could be the most interesting year for the Mitten State since 2004, when Democrat John Kerry barely beat President George W. Bush here.

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