Four years after John McCain’s presidential campaign wrote off any effort in Michigan and stopped competing for its electoral votes in October, the state’s Republicans made it clear Sunday night that they were going all out this fall to deliver to Mitt Romney the sixteen electoral votes from the state of his birth.

“We’re going to win because we know Mitt Romney and we’ve got boots on the ground for him,” State Attorney General Bill Schuette, co-chairman of Romney’s campaign in Michigan, told Human Events Sunday night. Noting that unemployment in the state is still hovering at the national average of 8 percent, Schuette said that “you could ask Michiganians the question Ronald Reagan made famous—are you better off now than you were four years ago?—and most would say ‘no.’ Too many are still out of work and they feel there is too much spending by government.”