February 27th, 2012
07:50 PM ET

Michigan Democrats cross over to vote Santorum: 'I hate him and I voted for him'

It may be the strangest vote of the day: die-hard Democrats in Michigan crossing over to vote for Rick Santorum in the Republican primary. "I hate him and I voted for him," said Jenn May, a voter in Flint, Michigan, told CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront. Why? "Santorum getting the Republican bid is basically a guarantee that Obama will be reelected," May said.

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe Disano hopes Democrats will turn out in significant numbers today, potentially pushing Santorum over the top in a tight fight with Mitt Romney. "They invited us in," Disano said, referring to a robo call from the Santorum campaign inviting Democrats to take advantage of Michigan's open primary and vote on the GOP side: "On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts Mitt Romney."

The Michigan GOP primary is open to all voters, and as such, Disano says there's no reason for Democrats not to cross over and vote against Romney, who many Democrats clearly believe is a stronger candidate against President Obama in the fall. "I will be participating in Operation Chaos today," Michigan voter Sarah Fiel told OutFront. "A vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama! Trust me, that is the only reason I am even doing it. I would much rather see Santorum go up against Obama than Romney."

The idea could conceivably spread to other open primary states. Steve Morschauser told OutFront "I'll be voting Santorum in the Wisconsin primary in April and Obama in November."

William Stuart, a Michigan voter registered as an independent, agreed with the effort to vote Santorum as a message to Mitt Romney, who has campaigned in Michigan as a local son, but battled to connect with many working class voters. "Voted for Santorum as a protest vote against Romney. He seems more interested in using Michigan than actually having any connection here. Not sure who I'll vote for in the fall."

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  1. Shawn

    It is disappointing to see the remarks made by Jenn May. I mean with the Democrats policing our civil discourse standards, to use the word, "hate" is out of bounds for respectable discourse. Nancy Pelosi should be condemming these remarks any second now...

    March 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  2. Stentor

    Yeah Orosion, so does Torquemada. Rick Santorum, declared the dumbest member of Congress in 1998 by Progressive.com. He's number 1, he's number 1!!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  3. The Gummamend

    Santorum is too extreme to get elected. No one wants his oppressive policies except for ignorant rich white conservative men and their submissive wives.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  4. Phil

    I don't know if this is very clever, it could easily backfire. Whoever gets the republican nomination has a good change of being president. Obama might drop a baby or the economy could stall or crash. I would think if you vote you should pick who you like best of the choices.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  5. A Miller

    Way to go Dems! Santorum said he was going to "fight fire with fire" so light up the primaries!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  6. Orosion

    I like this guy.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply

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