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.
Almost 2.2 million votes were cast, a 28 percent spike over the 1.7 million mark from 2002, which is believed to be the previous record. Just over 28 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots, an increase from the previous high of 24 percent from 1982. Turnout numbers posted online only go back 40 years.
Former Democratic legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the nominations for MI governor on Tuesday, besting five other candidates who were also vying to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.
She beat veteran Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the primary, prompting the Democratic National Committee's Tom Perez to describe the former Bernie Sanders campaign organizer as "the future" of the Democratic party.
The GOP has controlled MI for 7 ½ years, and Democrats are eager to capitalize on what is typically rough sledding for the president's party in midterm elections and the state electorate's penchant for backing the opposite party when a governor leaves due to term limits.
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Gretchen Whitmer's victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate. Other states such as Illinois, California and Montana have seen high number of voters this year, too. Precincts then started to run low on ballots. It could triple, to six, if the Democrats can pick up Republican-leaning seats in November. They cite hostility toward Trump, spending on top races and recent visits to the state from Vermont Sen.
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Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave. We're aware of it. She faces challenges from Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and businessman Shri Thanedar.
"Our voters will come home". Supporters of the Donald Trump administration said they were excited Pence made a stop in West Michigan. Debbie Stabenow for re-election to a fourth term, lawyer Dana Nessel for state attorney general and election expert Joceyln Benson for secretary of state - which is already unprecedented.