Michigan Governor’s Race: Whitmer To Face Schuette In November

Michigan Governor’s Race: Whitmer To Face Schuette In November

Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was a record MI primary turnout, 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.

Republican nominee Bill Schuette and Democratic nominee Gretchen Whitmer - who won their respective parties' nominees Tuesday - are both calling for a minimum of three debates.

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Schuette and Whitmer - both veteran officeholders - easily bested their opponents in Tuesday's primary to set up their head-to-head race to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who reached his term limit.

More than 1.1 million people voted in the Democratic gubernatorial contest, double the number in the 2010 race, and about 140,000 more than the almost 1 million who voted in the Republican primary.

The Michigan governorship is a top target for the Democratic Party, which is eager to make gains in the Midwest, where Republicans have dominated state governments and which helped President Donald Trump take the White House in 2016. Precincts then started to run low on ballots. In suburban Detroit's 11th District, GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein and Democrat Haley Stevens were leading the fields to follow a retiring Republican congressman. 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. "I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul", the principal said.

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Ocasio-Cortez was campaigning for Hawaii Democratic congressional candidate Kaniela Ing ahead of this weekend's primary election and argued that Hawaii felt like a "kindred home" because she also comes "from a place of colonized people".

"The blue wave, it's a thing. But with our ground game and our fundraising capabilities, we feel like if we pack our raingear - if we come prepared - we're going to be just fine", said state GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson.

Whitmer is from MI and now lives in East Lansing with her family.

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"Our voters will come home". He likes Trump but said the president's endorsement did not sway him.

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