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No election night party for Michigan Republicans

Balloons drop at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
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Balloons drop at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

In big election years like this one, the two major parties typically host election night parties where candidates and party officials gather to hopefully celebrate their victories.

But this year, there will be no big party for the Michigan Republican Party. 

More from Chad Livengood of the Detroit News:

… the state Republican Party is taking this year off, citing the cost and the fact there isn’t a statewide race at the top of ticket or special connection to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump or his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. “It is a costly endeavor and we are using all available resources to elect Republicans,” said Sarah Anderson, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party. In 2012, Michigan Republicans held an election night party in Lansing when there was U.S. Senate race and Michigan native Mitt Romney was the GOP presidential candidate.

The latest Real Clear Politics poll shows Hillary Clinton leading in Michigan by an average of 8.8 points.

While there's no big, central party for Republicans, individual candidates will likely hold smaller gatherings throughout the state.

Of course, plans can always change:

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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