Political roundup: Will buzz from conventions boost normally "dismal" August primary turnout?

Jul 29, 2016

The national conventions for the Republicans and Democrats are officially in the books, and the two candidates have been officially chosen. While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start to make their final push toward November, there is also a primary election fast approaching here in Michigan.

If you were unaware of the August 2 primary, you're probably not alone as the turnouts for primary elections are usually pretty "dismal," according to Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics. But can the recent buzz from the DNC and the RNC boost the turnout? Ken Sikkema, a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, doesn't believe it will. In fact, if anything, he thinks with the wall-to-wall TV coverage of both conventions, the public may be a little burned out when it comes to politics.

Listen to the full interview of our weekly political roundup above to hear Susan Demas and Ken Sikkema talk about their takeaways from the conventions and how they will impact the local elections.


Susan Demas is publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. She tweets @sjdemas.


Ken Sikkema is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.