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State House speaker wants to keep down-ticket races in focus

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steve carmody
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Michigan Radio
2016 is a presidential election year, but it's almost a big year for the Michigan state House.

Michigan’s House speaker says he doesn’t want the focus on Donald Trump to take away from the Republicans' need to protect their majority in the state House in November.

Republicans hold a nearly 20-seat majority in the state House: 63 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two vacant seats. Some of those seats are in safe Republican districts and others in are safe Democratic districts

But House Speaker Kevin Cotter says 15 to 20 seats may be in play in November’s general election. He says the Republican Party will need to invest its campaign money wisely to maintain its majority.

“Investing is about making good choices to get a return and that’s what we’re going to be doing,” says Cotter.

Kevin Cotter is in Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention.

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