Whitmer heads all-female Democratic ticket in Michigan


She implied on CNN earlier in the week that even though some of her candidates, like MI gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, lost to establishment Democrats earlier in the week, they beat the spread and helped "move the needle forward in the fight for social and economic dignity in the United States".

Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan's history.

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 - an ally of President Donald Trump - easily defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, conservative state Sen.

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

More than 2 million votes were cast around MI yesterday. "This victory is yours", he said.

"There is tremendous intensity among Democratic women to participate in the election", said Bernie Porn, a pollster with EPIC-MRA in Lansing who attributed the surge to a backlash against Trump.

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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. Look at Flint and the Detroit schools.

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.

The president recorded a robocall endorsing both candidates as "Trump guys" that was sent out to Republican voters this week.

"It's catcalling because, I guess, if I suggest that I want to have a conversation, I'm demanding a response", he said. He beat out the three other candidates with about 50 percent of the vote. Both Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed positioned themselves as progressives.

With the gubernatorial and Senate victors being declared not long after the closure of all polls, attention turned to several closely watched House battles where a number of female candidates were competing.

In another suburban Detroit district, the 9th, Andy Levin was leading former state Rep. Ellen Lipton in the Democratic primary to succeed his father, longtime Rep.