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Whitmer wins Michigan governor’s race

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a Democratic election-night party on November 6, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the race for Michigan governor, defeating Bill Schuette and upending years of Republican control in the state.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

She ran on a platform of fixing problems such as deteriorating roads and aging drinking water infrastructure. She also emphasized her past vote to expand Medicaid to more than 600,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law.

The 47-year-old Whitmer, of East Lansing, will become Michigan’s second female governor when she takes office.

The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state’s gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 — but not by the moderate Snyder.

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  • lml25

    Very smart of Whitmer not to include Gilcrist in any of her TV ads.If she had been extremely smart,she wouldn’t have chosen this “activist” as a running mate at all.

  • Deja Vu

    Democrat / Female Gov, Sec of State & AG…. this state is toast! There’s no way my family and I can afford to live in Michigan any longer. We’re out of here. Welcome to burn out corner!

  • Robert E Lee

    Good job MI you just destroyed all the progress we made under Rick Snyder (a businessman). Back to the days of the of the progressive Canadian jenny granholm. Taxes will go up and jobs will leave the state. Citizens will have less money in their pockets, and Gretta (a lifelong politician and lawyer, the same thing) will try to make us a sanctuary state. She will try to raise minimum wage which will cause businesses to not hire and lay off people. Not sure now if i will even expand my business. MI will start to rust again!!!!!
    I do have to say that Schuette was about the worst candidate the conservatives could have nominated. He was boring, stiff, and served to much time in politics. The republicans lost this election the dems did not win it. I blame the republican party, they did not want to win!!! The national party did not help, and the state party just sucks. We need new life in the republican party especially in MI. I say John James would have been a better choice for the gov nomination. Young, black, smart, a vet, ect..
    P.S. Regarding Stabacow, why would you re elect a old progressive women who has been in politics for over 40 years. Politics are not meant to be a life long job. she should have been done over 20 years ago. come on MI, get your head out of your ass!!!!!

  • jrfoleyjr

    Granholm 2.0 becomes governor. Now we can get back to the business of being blown away [into Lake Michigan?] as Granholm promised. Are you ready for confiscatory taxes? One good thing. Now maybe the democrats can get back to being civil as long as you agree with them, and non-violent as long as you stay beyond arms length. This election may have been just throwing a bone to the rabid democrat antifa beasts to get them to crawl back into their burrows. Life goes on! Get ready for a wild ride.

  • Bighorse

    Going back to Bill Milliken, whenever Michigan has had a Democrat Governor, Michigan has lagged behind the national economy, regardless of what that economy was. Whenever we have had a Republican governor, Michigan has been ahead of the national economy. We had best hope for an incredibly robust national economy.

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