Democrat Gretchen Whitmer wins race for MI governor

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Snyder has served as Michigan's governor since his election in 2010.

Polling results and multiple sources are declaring Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan's 49th governor, beating Republican candidate Bill Schuette.

Democrats also hope to cut into the state's GOP dominance in its U.S. House delegation, with women making strong challenges in at least two seats now held by Republicans.

Whitmer, the first woman to lead a MI state Senate caucus, previously beat former Detroit health director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and chemical-testing entrepreneur Shri Thanedar, in the primary election back in August.

Whitmer, 47, is a Democrat who will succeed Gov. Rick Snyder.

The findings were among preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 138,000 voters and nonvoters - including 3,943 voters and 649 nonvoters in the state of MI - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

"This campaign team turned an unwinnable race into a victory", Slotkin said at her watch party. Voters have not elected back-to-back governors of the same party since the 1960s. She disclosed during a debate on the abortion bill that she had been raped in college.

"I just got off the phone with Elissa Slotkin and just wished her well", Bishop said. "So it's not the overriding factor, but it helps". Her rallying cry was a promise to "fix the damn roads".

Schuette - a former congressman, state senator, state Cabinet official and state appellate judge from Midland - called for an income tax cut and lower auto insurance rates.

Almost six in 10 MI voters said their feelings about Trump influenced their ballot choices.

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