Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Gretchen Whitmer Handily Wins Michigan's Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Gretchen Whitmer Handily Wins Michigan's Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Voters on Tuesday are choosing would-be successors to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who can not run again due to term limits, and a GOP nominee to face third-term Democratic Sen.

Whitmer, the first-ever female leader of a MI state Senate caucus, beat back challenges from former Detroit health director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and chemical-testing entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.

Bill Schuette beat out fellow Republicans, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Saginaw doctor, Jim Hines.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated two other candidates in the primary and will move on to the November general election. "So electing more women empowers those voices and informs better decision-making".

"Indeed, folks are pumped up to vote", Clark said. "She's not promising the moon". Republicans have dominated MI for most of the past decade, and President Donald Trump carried the state narrowly in 2016.

Steve Lauer, 75, a retired business consultant from Traverse City, said he backed Schuette because of his experience and conservative beliefs.

Referring to President Donald Trump's bid to build a wall across the border with Mexico, she said "we in MI are going to get back to building bridges". The 75-year-old Lauer says he wants balanced budgets and lower taxes.

Whitmer also went after Bill Schuette and the eight years MI has spent with a Republican governor in office.

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. El-Sayed got a boost with a visit from U.S. Sen. El-Sayed especially courted the party's more liberal, pro-Bernie Sanders wing, as did Thanedar, who spent millions of dollars of his own money on his campaign. 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. Ignoring pleas from aides and the Republican Governors Association, the president yesterday tweeted a strong endorsement of Secretary of State Kris Kobach over the Republican incumbent.

In his victory speech, Schuette thanked all his supporters.

Voters in MI also decided two other primary races.

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