Whitmer, Schuette win governor nominations

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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. Hines self-funded his campaign with $2.7 million, hoping voters would elect another outsider like they did in backing Snyder in 2010.

State Attorney General William "Bill" Schuette, Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Gelineau won their respective primaries August 7 to compete against each other for the governor seat November 6.

Whitmer also went after Bill Schuette and the eight years MI has spent with a Republican governor in office. "It's not very often that we overperform them in primary turnout, especially when you have equally competitive primaries on both sides".

In a video posted Wednesday, in which Shapiro mocked Democratic National Committee chairperson Tom Perez for labeling the NY congressional candidate the "future of the Democratic Party", he offered to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted an offer to debate him.

In the 8th District stretching from the northern Detroit suburbs to Lansing, former US national security official Elissa Slotkin, a Detroit, moved on to face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive general election. "And she knows that, which is why her best move here would have been either to just ignore or to say no".

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Though Whitmer could choose a male lieutenant governor candidate, Democrats also are fielding Sen.

El-Sayed, in particular, was touted by some as an insurgent progressive in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York-born activist who shockingly defeated a leading Democrat, Joseph Crowley, in a New York City House primary in June.

Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave.

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

She also claims her message is resonating with female voters in the state. The resignation of 27-term Democrat John Conyers - who left after allegations of sexual harassment - and the coming retirements of 18-term Democrat Sandy Levin and two-term Republican Dave Trott sparked intense fights to succeed them.

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