What will Michigan do in the race for president? The last time the state went for a republican nominee for president was George H. W. Bush in 1988. The latest polls showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney. The polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight. Some local officials are predicting a fair voter turnout, but maybe a little less than four years ago. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said based on absentee voting numbers that he expects a turnout of 55 to 60 percent.