Mitt Romney returns to Michigan for GOP rally

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is headed back to his native state to headline an Oct. 2 rally with top Republican candidates in Livonia.

The Michigan Republican Party is hosting the former presidential candidate during an event dubbed the “ComMITT to the Comeback Rally” at 11:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor on Schoolcraft Road.

Romney will be joined by Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, as well as GOP leader and activists.

Romney, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills, attended a fundraiser for Schuette in late June.

Michigan Republicans are using the rally as a way to energize their base voters ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

The event is open to the general public, according to state Republican Party.

Gov. Rick Snyder cannot attend the campaign rally because of a scheduling conflict with his official duties, a spokeswoman said.

In 2010, voters handed over total control of state government to Republicans.

But recent polling conducted for The Detroit News shows the statewide officeholders seeking a second term have closer battles with Democratic opponents, although the incumbents hold a fundraising advantage over their challengers.

On Tuesday, Schuette reported a more than 11-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Democrat Mark Totten. Schuette had $1.96 million in cash on hand compared to Totten’s $171,395 as of Sept. 12, according to a campaign finance report.

Last week, Totten picked up the endorsement of former Republican Gov. William Milliken. On Tuesday, former Democratic Attorney General Frank Kelley endorsed Totten.

Johnson, the incumbent secretary of state, reported having about $353,000 in her campaign bank account as of Sept. 12 — a 12-to-1 cash advantage over Democratic challenger Godfrey Dillard, a Detroit attorney.

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