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Michigan State Representative Paul Scott has been recalled

Update 11:35 p.m.

Rick Pluta just called in to say that Michigan State Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has been recalled. Scott conceded defeat saying his campaign did their best, they came up short, and that he will not rule out running again in the future.

Scott is the first sitting state lawmaker to be recalled since 1983.

11:31 p.m.

This tweet just came from the Michigan Information and Research Service:

Recall Paul Scott team aware of numbers showing recall was successful by margin of 232 votes; not willing to declare victory yet.

10:55 p.m.

Still too close to call. With 83% of the precincts counted, the vote is 51% against the recall.

Rick Pluta just called in to say sources are telling him that lawyers are heading to Mundy Township to check into the count there.

Pluta reports that recall supporters have to do well in this traditionally Democratic township for the recall to succeed.

10:05 p.m.

 With 13 of 35 precincts reporting,  51% of voters support the recall.

8:14 p.m.

We'll be following the recall vote against State Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) this evening.

Scott was targeted for recall by the the Michigan Education Association. Rick Pluta reported earlier:

The union partially blames him for budget cuts to K-12 schools and tenure law revisions that make it easier to fire teachers. The recall petition also cites Scott’s vote in favor of the state tax overhaul that includes extending the Michigan income tax to seniors’ pensions."

The effort is seen as a referendum on the policies of the Snyder administration and Republicans in the legislature.

Rick Pluta is following the votes in Genesee County. Pluta reports that "Democrats and Republicans say typical turnout in off-year elections in Genesee Co. is about 14%.

Today, turnout is looking more like 25%."

Mark Brush was the station'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.
Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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