Michigan GOP eyes Feb. 2 or Jan. 29 vote

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's political leaders are doing what they can to make sure state voters have a major say in which presidential candidates get chosen early next year.

Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis on Wednesday sent out an e-mail to party and elected officials asking if they'd support moving to either Jan. 29, when Florida may hold its primary, or to Feb. 2, when South Carolina Republicans head to the polls.

Either date would be ahead of Feb. 5, when 20 or more states could weigh in with their presidential choices. Rules for both parties forbid more than a handful of states from going earlier, but party leaders in Michigan are considering moving up anyway.

"The early feedback from the e-mail that was sent out this morning was ... people were interested in going early and making Michigan an important part of this process," said Jeff Timmer, state GOP executive director.