"""""Five face off in race for Ingham County Senate seat
2/20/2006, 4:56 p.m. ET
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five major-party candidates vying for an opening in the Michigan Senate will be narrowed to two.
Three Democrats and two Republicans are running in a special primary election Tuesday for the 23rd Senate District in Ingham County. The seat opened when Sen. Virg Bernero, a Democrat, became the mayor of Lansing in January.
The Democrats are state Rep. Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Lansing businesswoman Melissa Sue Robinson and Anthony Benavides of Dansville, the nephew of former Lansing mayor Tony Benavides.
The Republican candidates are Okemos attorney Vincent Green and John Findlay of
Mason, a former worker with the state Department of Human Services.
The odds on favorite are a Green vs Whitmer race. That said, anything can happen in a special election. From what I've heard Vince Green has the GOP side wrapped up.
Robinson is the weakest candidate, so I recommend a Robinson vote in the primary if you are a republican. Green would probably defeat Robinson.
The general election is March 14th.