Whitmer, Schuette win governor nominations

Glen Norman
August 11, 2018

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor's seat in November.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette won the GOP nomination. Gelineau defeated John J. Tatar in the Libertarian contest. Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term.

"We need a governor who can get things done and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get things done", she said. Whitmer said she supports getting everyone covered but stopped short of embracing a single-payer plan, instead promoting her work to help expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of adults through former President Barack Obama's health care law while also promising to fix deteriorating roads. "And she knows that, which is why her best move here would have been either to just ignore or to say no".

Schuette, 64, received congratulatory calls from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence after he beat Lt. Gov. Brian Calley - a close partner with Snyder - conservative state Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence, who sought to unify Republicans at a post-primary rally in Grand Rapids, said the "blue wall" crumbled in MI with Trump's 2016 win - the first for a GOP presidential nominee in decades.


Schuette, who had been accused by Calley of misusing his public office for political business, also sought to bring Republicans together and criticized Whitmer. We have done great things here.

"I love MI. I am raising my family here in this great state", she 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.

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow democratic socialist Sen. Look at Flint and the Detroit schools.

There was also a key election for a House seat in OH, in which president Donald Trump claimed victory.


"I like balanced budgets".

"It's not totally predictive, but I think it's a very good sign that we're going to have an engaged, excited Democratic electorate turning out in November", said Dillon, whose party has struggled with turnout in past midterm elections.

With almost 90 percent of precincts reporting, Schuette had roughly half of the GOP vote to Calley's quarter, with Colbeck and Hines at 13 percent and 11 percent respectively. Both Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed positioned themselves as progressives.

Female candidates also had victories in several other national and state primaries. Democrats have hammered the administration across the state recently for Trump's protectionist steel tariffs, which they say are raising prices on everyday goods and hurting MI workers.


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