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Michigan's major parties have picked their final candidates


LANSING (WKZO) -- With just over two months to go before the November Election both the Democrats and Republicans have picked the candidates they want to appear on the November ballot.  

Ballot slots needed  to be filled for everything from the Board of Regents that run the major univesities to the State Supreme Court. 

The State’s Democratic Party held their nominating convention this weekend in Lansing, and came out a united party.

They had their slate picked before the weekend and without fuss or opposition, they were all nominated quickly and the convention turned into a rally.

Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Schauer finds himself in a statistical dead heat with the Incumbent, Rick Snyder as Labor Day approaches. 

Party Chair Lon Johnson says it will all come down to who gets their voters out on election day.

Among those picked by the Democrats this weekend, Kalamazoo Law Professor Mark Totten, who will challenge Incumbent Bill Schuette for Attorney General.

Michigan Republicans held their nominating convention in Novi this weekend and every candidate had a tea party opponent.

The race everyone was watching was the one between Incumbent Lt. Governor Brian Calley and challenger Wes Nakigiri.

Calley says he saw a lot of unity and excitement coming from the conventioneers after he won.

Its has been the rule of thumb that voters don't really begin to pay attention until after Labor Day but that may not be the case this year. Pollsters say the only voters who haven’t made up their minds already are some of the independents.

   The battle for their support is just about to begin in ernest.