Friday, 22 February, 2019

Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer Win Michigan Gubernatorial Primary Races

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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated two other candidates in the primary and will move on to the November general election. "You have to understand how things work to get things done", said Karen Rozanski, 67, of St. Clair Shores, who voted for Whitmer. 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. "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. The 75-year-old Lauer says he wants balanced budgets and lower taxes.

On the Republican side, retired business consultant Steve Lauer of Leelanau County says he voted for Bill Schuette because of his lengthy experience and conservative positions.

Whitmer was considered an establishment candidate for the Democrats, compared to her closest rival El-Sayed, who campaigned on a more left-leaning, progressive platform.

Both El-Sayed, who could have become the country's first Muslim governor, and Thanedar - an immigrant from India who spent at least $10 million of his fortune to run - highlighted their support for a "Medicare-for-all" health care system and opposition to accepting corporate political action committee money.

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Whitmer would not be Michigan's first female governor, nor has she made the anti-Trump resistance movement a centerpiece of her campaign, instead focusing on issues such as road repairs, school funding and water.

Balderson's struggles in the race were a vivid study in the tribulations of Republican congressional candidates under Trump, and the race was seen as a test of whether a powerful onslaught from national Republican groups could keep a once-reliably red district in line.

In his victory speech, Schuette thanked all his supporters. Hines self-funded his campaign with $2.7 million, hoping voters would elect another outsider like they did in backing Snyder in 2010.

Key nominations are at stake for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices in Michigan's primary. John James and Sandy Pensler squared off in a GOP primary for the chance to face Democratic Sen.