During presidential election years, voters in Michigan do not vote until mid-March. During many years that means that those in Michigan have no choice because one candidate has already won enough votes to cinch the nomination. That has not been the case with the 2016 election. Ahead of Super Tuesday, five candidates remain in contention.
The DeVos family has long been active in the Republican Party. Dick DeVos ran for governor of Michigan and has long been an active supporter of various candidates (See more here: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html). Numerous local, state and national candidates have received donations from Dick DeVos who is known of one of the most generous philanthropists in Michigan thanks to his foundation.
The DeVos family has also been outspoken. They normally do not support just one candidate. Instead, each member has made up their own mind and became as involved in the process as they desire.
This year started out no differently with Dick’s father giving money to both Bush and Rubio. His mother also gave money to Kasich, Rubio and Bush. Now that Bush has dropped out of the race, the family has made a very unusual move. They have all come out in support of Rubio.
One of the reasons that the family has agreed to all get behind Rubio is that Rubio believes that parents should have a choice in where their children go to school. This choice is very important to Dick DeVos who has given the money to fund and operate a charter high school to train young people for careers in aviation as Dick also takes interest in flight.
The endorsement of Dick DeVos and other members of the family is considered very important in Michigan. Not only is the family able to give large sums of money, but also the family has many people who follow their lead in Michigan.