TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The candidates for state representative in Michigan's 105th District are doing what politicians normally do the weekend before a primary election: knocking on doors, attending parades, making get-out-the-vote calls.
But the presence of John Ramsey, father of Jon Benet Ramsey, the slain child beauty pageant winner, makes this race in rural northern Michigan anything but ordinary.
''It's got all the dynamics of many similar races around the state -- except for John Ramsey," said Bill Ballenger, editor of the Lansing newsletter Inside Michigan Politics. Ramsey is among six candidates for the Republican nomination.
JonBenet, 6, was found strangled in the family's home in Boulder, Colo., in 1996. Boulder police said early on that John Ramsey and his wife, Patsy, were under an ''umbrella of suspicion," but the Ramseys insisted an intruder was responsible. The Boulder district attorney said the ''weight of the evidence" was more consistent with the intruder theory.