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Metro Detroit is mainly comprised of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.  Per the 2010 Census, they represent almost 30% of the state's entire population.   Oakland County is Republican.  Our Republican County Executive has been elected to that office for the past 19 years without breaking a sweat.   Oakland County is home to Troy's crazy anti-gay mayor and a host of Tea Party fools in the state House and Senate.    When you're a Republican and losing Oakland County, you might as well kick sand on your campaign.

Detroit Free Press :   EPIC-MRA surveyed 600 likely November voters for the poll which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Obama leads among the key bloc of independent voters 36% to 27%, with 37% undecided – perhaps giving Romney room to improve. But in past EPIC-MRA polls, Romney led among independents, suggesting they may be having second thoughts.

Obama also led among both men (42%-40%) and women (52%-36%) and there was also sharp break in voter motivation: While 76% of the president’s supporters said they were voting for him as opposed to 21% who said they were voting against Romney, only 54% of Romney’s supporters were voting specifically for him, while 43% who were voting against Obama.

Obama led in all three metro Detroit counties including Macomb (52%-43%), Oakland (53%-33%) and Wayne (56%-30%). Romney would almost certainly need a stronger showing in both Oakland and Macomb to win Michigan.

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Going forward, Michigan could be dropped from the list of battleground states expected to be hotly contested. Recent polls show the closest matchups in: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Some pundits had already moved Michigan into their “lean Democrat” or “lean Obama” column.
Put this one into the category of "if you clap really, really hard".
“There are a whole lot of states that present a lot of opportunities for us and Michigan is one of those states,” she said, noting that the campaign recently opened its 22nd grassroots organizing center in the state, compared to 11 for Obama’s campaign.

A Republican hasn’t won Michigan’s electoral college votes since George H.W. Bush in 1988. In 2008, Obama beat McCain by a landslide 16 percentage points, and few would have expected such a result this year.  

The money quote....
“I really didn’t like the way Romney was talking about General Motors,” said Jeff Pirlot, 50, of Grosse Ile, who is leaning toward voting for Obama. “If you’re from Michigan, you should have supported that.”
But Obama clearly has advantages in Michigan, the largest being his administration’s pumping billions of dollars into GM and Chrysler, which have since returned to profitability. The U.S. Treasury still owns about one-third of GM – and the most recent figures show the government could lose $25-billion on the bailout.

Democrats have argued that price is worth the one million jobs they say the auto rescue saved nationwide.

Worth it?   You judge.  

Home prices were up and sales were faster for homes in southeastern Michigan during July, as the number of properties listed in the region dropped.  The good news includes Wayne County, home to Detroit.  link

We have JOBS, JOBS, AND MORE JOBS.   Employers are clamoring for CNC, welders, engineers and IT.   The state is actively recruiting out-of-state trying to bring people home to MichAGAIN.   Recruiters are all over our college campuses trying to fill their jobs, and the area is making major investments in urban areas to create a diverse, urban culture for young job seekers.

Surveys show our salaries up more in metro Detroit than most major U.S. cities.  Here's the link, but it is subscription only.  http://www.inc.com/...   This link will let you search jobs and salaries in Detroit.  The super low cost of living makes our salaries competitive with any area in the country.  

Three years ago, Forbes magazine placed Detroit at the top of its list of “America’s Most Miserable Cities.” Recently, the same magazine called Detroit a “land of opportunity.”
Detroit has become a hot spot for start up companies and entrepreneurs and investment capital is flowing.  Twitter is coming to Detroit, and Stix.com, a website that aggregates top-rated professionals on Facebook, has announced they're moving the company from San Francisco to downtown Detroit.

Michigan obviously thinks Obama's investment was worth it and it shows in the polls. While we might be the most visible and dramatic example of the return on his investment into the automotive industry, manufacturing is what built this country's middle class (not Republicans).   As Governor Granholm so enthusiastically said in her convention speech..............

With the auto rescue, he saved more than one million middle-class jobs all across America. In Colorado, the auto rescue saved more than 9,800 jobs! In Virginia, more than 19,000 jobs! In North Carolina, more than 25,000! Wisconsin: more than 28,000 jobs! Pennsylvania: more than 34,000! Florida: more than 35,000! Ohio: more than 150,000! And in the great state of Michigan? President Obama helped save 211,000 good American jobs. All across America, autos are back! Manufacturing is rebounding! Why? Because when Mitt Romney said "Let Detroit go bankrupt," who took the wheel? Barack Obama! When America was losing 750,000 jobs per month, who gave us a lift? Barack Obama!
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