Whitmer wins Democratic nomination for MI governor

11 August, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

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

More than 2 million votes were cast around MI yesterday. Schuette, Michigan's current Attorney General, defeated Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines to win the Republican race. It would be a first for either party in MI and is part of the broader surge in women running for office - mostly as Democrats - since the election of President Donald Trump.

As for the Democratic primary, Gretchen Whitner, a former legislative leader, won the party's nomination in the gubernatorial race. Other states such as Illinois, California and Montana have seen high number of voters this year, too.

He noted that more Democrats than Republicans voted in suburban Detroit's Oakland and Macomb counties, key bellwethers in statewide general elections. Precincts then started to run low on ballots. "And she knows that, which is why her best move here would have been either to just ignore or to say no". It could triple, to six, if the Democrats can pick up Republican-leaning seats in November.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro responded Friday to accusations by democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that he catcalled her in his debate challenge, arguing that she didn't want to come across as being "afraid".

Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave. Both Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed positioned themselves as progressives.

"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.

"Our voters will come home". Debbie Stabenow in November, and several Democrats were vying for the congressional seat that was vacated by John Conyers. He likes Trump but said the president's endorsement did not sway him.



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