MI voters weigh in on governor’s primaries

11 August, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer walks on Livernois Ave.as she tours the area with Mayor Mike Duggan, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Detroit.

"We need to throw Bill Schuette a big retirement party come November", Whitmer told jubilant supporters in Detroit on Tuesday.

Gretchen Whitmer, the former Democratic leader of the MI state Senate, won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday night.

In the Libertarian race, John Tatar received 2,470 votes.

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Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the MI secretary of state's office, said Tuesday's turnout was "drastically higher" than in past primaries, approaching 2.2 million voters.

Though Whitmer may still choose a male running mate, the Democrats are fielding women for governor, Senate, state attorney general and secretary of state. He also had a message for those who supported the other candidates.

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"I mean, if she were to get into a discussion with somebody who asks her tough questions, I don't think she has the information or the philosophy at her disposal to actually answer those questions well", Shapiro said.

The GOP has controlled MI for 7 ½ years, and Democrats are eager to capitalize on what is typically rough sledding for the president's party in midterm elections and the state electorate's penchant for backing the opposite party when a governor leaves due to term limits.

Steve Lauer, 75, a retired business consultant from Traverse City, said he backed Schuette - a former congressman, state senator, agriculture director and appellate judge - because of his experience and conservative beliefs. 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.

There was also a key election for a House seat in OH, in which president Donald Trump claimed victory. The 75-year-old Lauer says he wants balanced budgets and lower taxes.

He noted that more Democrats than Republicans voted in suburban Detroit's Oakland and Macomb counties, key bellwethers in statewide general elections.

Calling Gretchen Whitmer the most liberal member of anything is something her Democratic competitors would have contested during the primary.

Libertarian candidates were also on the primary ballot for the first time in MI history.

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