Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Schuette, Whitmer win primaries in gubernatorial races

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Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was a record MI primary turnout, with more than half-million more people voting than in 2010 - the last time the governorship was open.

"Whatever differences we may have, it is my hope starting tonight that we can unite in our common goals - more jobs, greater growth and bigger paychecks for MI families", he told backers in his hometown of Midland. Just over 28 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots, an upturn over the previous high of 24 percent from 1982.

Gretchen Whitmer, a former leader in the MI state Senate, captured the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday night and will face off against the state's Republican attorney general, Bill Schuette, in a race that looms as a pivotal test of whether Democrats can reclaim power in a state President Donald Trump won two years ago.

Whitmer will be challenged by Republican Bill Schuette and Libertarian Bill Gelineau.

As for the Democratic primary, Gretchen Whitmer, a former legislative leader, won the party's nomination in the gubernatorial race.

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In the 8th District stretching from the northern Detroit suburbs to Lansing, former USA national security official Elissa Slotkin, a Detroit, moved on to face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive general election.

"Women leaders use our platforms and our power to make sure that we are being representative, that we are making decisions with all voices around the table", Whitmer said. Some Oakland precincts ran out of ballots, possibly due to higher-than-expected turnout. That's not in line with some of the headliners of the #MeToo era and the anti-Trump resistance movement, but it may be Democrats' best shot to flip two governor's mansions that Republicans have held since 2011.

Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave.

"Indeed, folks are pumped up to vote", Clark said. We're aware of it.

"I love MI. I am raising my family here in this great state", she said. "The people who are supportive of the president are very supportive, they're very enthusiastic", said Anderson, adding that the GOP also will have to appeal to independent swing voters. John James and Sandy Pensler squared off in a GOP primary for the chance to face Democratic Sen.

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