November 7, 2006, - 11:49 pm
With 73 percent of precincts reporting, 59%, or 1,491,457 people, voted yes on Proposal 2 and 41%, or 1,052,209 voters, opposed it
Just as I predicted earlier today, MCRI–the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative/Proposal TWO of which I’m General Counsel–PASSED!!!! And it passed by LARGE NUMBERS/a HUGE MARGIN, so far! Most Detroit TV stations are calling it. Buh-bye, affirmative action.
Take that liberal extremists! TRUE Equality is back in Michigan. But this is only the beginning. Let the lawsuits begin.
My friends, Jen Gratz, Ward Connerly, and Doug Tietz did a great job on this campaign, despite all the odds against us and spending at 3-10 times as much by the opposition to true equal rights. I am proud to have worked with all three of them on this. Great minds all.
As I said, here come the lawsuits. They tried to keep us off the ballot. They failed. They sued us in Federal Court. They failed. They tried to defeat us at the ballot box. They failed. Soon, they will try to defeat the voters of Michigan and their clear choice with more lawsuits in court.
And they will fail there, too.
One more note: All the Michigan GOP statewide candidates who got trounced should have supported MCRI. Instead GOP bigwigs opposed us every step of the way. Maybe if they’d supported Proposal Two, they’d have gotten the numbers we did.
Instead, they lost. A lesson for the future and for the failed, “moderate” Michigan GOP. The only statewide GOP figure who supported MCRI, Mike Cox, was only helped by doing so. He was soundly re-elected by a huge margin, getting one of the highest total number of votes among statewide candidates.
Got that, Dick and Betsy DeVos (and MI GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis)?
**** UPDATE, 11/08/06: Numbers @ 12:13 a.m. from the Detroit Newsistan. . .
Proposal – 2 Affirmative Action – Michigan 3137 of 5681 Precincts Reporting
Yes 1,082,169 Votes 57.53 Percent
No 798,748 Votes 42.47 Percent
Tags: Betsy DeVos, Chairman, Debbie Schlussel, Detroit, Detroit Free Press, Dick DeVos, Doug Tietz, Federal court, Jen Gratz, Michigan, Mike Cox, Republican Party, Saul Anuzis, the Detroit Free Press, Ward Connerly