According to the unofficial results at press time from Ballotpedia, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Schuette won the Republican race with 494,297 votes, Whitmer edged out her Democratic competitors with 585,498 votes, and Libertarian candidate Gelineau received 3,503 votes. And either Republican business executive Lena Epstein or Democratic former auto bailout chief of staff Haley Stevens will succeed a retiring congressman in suburban Detroit.
Former Democratic legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the nominations for MI governor on Tuesday, besting five other candidates who were also vying to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Snyder. The number of female House nominees is at least 185 nationwide and stands at 10 in MI, which also are records.
Polls are open in most of MI where primary voters will decide key nominations are for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices. Turnout numbers posted online only go back 40 years.
Throughout her campaign, Whitmer has argued that she's a progressive with a track record.
She said earlier this week that "there wasn't a single mom" consulted when the decision was made to switch Flint's water source, which led to lead contamination that has been blamed primarily on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
"Our leaders have failed us, but we are going to make the change we deserve in this state". "When you've got a Legislature that's so male, all the leaders making decisions around our health care being white males. you get the policies that we have here in MI". He has written a book called, 'How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them'.
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In her victory speech, Whitmer noted how much she enjoys her home state.
By 10 p.m. Tuesday, with most of the votes counted, the Republican candidate, state Sen.
"We need a governor who can get things done and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get things done", she said. He likes Trump but said the president's endorsement did not sway him. Party activists will choose attorney general and secretary of state nominees at a convention in late August, and Schuette said Wednesday his running mate will be a woman.
"And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one", she continued.
"Miss Ocasio-Cortez, I'm really excited that you've been elevated to that position and I would love to have a real conversation with you about the issues".