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Rep. McCotter's campaign now the target of an election fraud investigation


LIVONIA (WKZO) -- Michigan Republican Congressman Thad McCotter is not only fighting for his political life, but there may be more at stake now that the Attorney General has opened in investigation into election fraud.

McCotter was notified Friday that he would not qualify for the August Primary because there are not enough valid signatures on his petitions. It turns out the reason why is because old petitions were submitted with new ones and that may constitute election fraud.

McCotter says he welcomes the investigation. He says he used the same staff and vounteers he has always used to gather the petition signatures suggesting he was not directly involved in the collection of the signatures. 

McCotter is said to be considering a write in campaign in August, butPolitical strategist Lynn Aronoff says it isn't easy to do. It takes a massive education program.

The investigation is just one more public relations problem for a campaign that was dealt a serious blow on Friday. It puts a republican incumbent who was considered a shoo-in for reelection, in real jeopardy of joining the unemployed.