Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Michigan's primary, Flint and Gov. Snyder
(WJBK) - A day ahead of Michigan's primary election, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley joined us on The Nine to talk all things election.
He predicts that Michigan will have a very important role to play Tuesday with our primary election.
"I think Michigan is in a stronger position to make a difference in this race than we have been in the past several cycles because of how competitive this process is still this deep into the calendar," he says. He predicts we might be seeing some new-found momentum for candidate John Kasich especially as he heads into Ohio next week, which is a winner-take-all state.
Until then, Calley reminds us that when you go to vote in Michigan's primary tomorrow, you'll have to select if you want a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot.
"You can't vote both for Hillary Clinton on one side and Donald Trump on the other side," he says.
On the Republican side, the latest Mitchell-Fox 2 Detroit Poll has Trump still in the lead with 42 percent, and Kasich comes in second with 19.6 percent. Ted Cruz is close-by, though, with 19.3 percent. Overall, Trump leads the delegate count with 384 with Cruz not far behind at 300. Marco Rubio trails behind with 151, and Kasich has 37. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.
On the Democratic side, the Mitchell poll shows Hillary Clinton with a far lead at 66 percent, with Bernie Sanders at 29 percent. Clinton has at least 1,130 delegates to Sanders' 499, including superdelegates - members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.
You can stay up-to-date with our delegate tracker here.
Clinton and Sanders were in Flint Sunday night for their Democratic Debate where Gov. Rick Snyder took quite a beating over the Flint water situation, with both candidates calling for Snyder's resignation. Calley said on The Nine, though, that he believes both candidates were politicizing a tragedy.
"In a few days, these candidates are going to move on to the next state and they won't be back until they're looking for votes again - but we're still going to be there," he says of himself and Gov. Snyder.
"In so many words, you just accused both of them of opportunism," Jason Carr says back.
"It was politicization of a tragedy, and I think it's deplorable. Anybody who wants to come to Flint to help, please do," Calley says. He adds that he and Gov. Snyder have been in Flint many times, but that the governor doesn't make any "photo ops" out of it.
"He doesn't film commercials in churches," Calley says. He adds that he also has a quota from his office that he must be in Flint at least three days a week.
He says the outpouring of support has been great for the people in Flint, but that the city is having troubles finding space to store all of the waterbottle donations. For those who are still looking to help Flint in some way, he suggests looking at www.flintkids.org, which is a local foundation that is raising money to meet the longer-term needs of the kids who have been affected by the lead in the water.
You can watch the full interview with Calley in the video player above. The interview is in two parts, and the second part will play once the first video concludes.
For your polling information or to see if you are registered to vote, visit vote.michigan.gov. Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.