Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Schuette, Whitmer win primaries in gubernatorial races

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Melinda Barton | 11 August, 2018, 11:41

Calling Gretchen Whitmer the most liberal member of anything is something her Democratic competitors would have contested during the primary.

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

The nominations of Whitmer, a former legislative leader who will face Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Democratic state Sen.

In the Libertarian race, John Tatar received 2,470 votes. Make your donation to WEMU today to keep your community NPR station thriving. He pointed to his June poll of likely November voters that showed 57 percent were extremely interested in the election and extremely motivated to vote, but among Democratic women it was 67 percent. Party activists will choose attorney general and secretary of state nominees at a convention in late August, and Schuette said Wednesday his running mate will be a woman. Most GOP strategists believe that Kobach, who served on Trump's short-lived voter fraud panel, is so polarizing that he could lose to a Democrat in the fall - even in a state as red as Kansas.

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. And, she added, "We come from a family and a place that had been colonized". Both Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed positioned themselves as progressives. Laura Kelly, who defeated four other candidates in the primary. "You have to understand how things work to get things done", said Karen Rozanski, 67, of St. Clair Shores, who voted for Whitmer.

"It's not totally predictive, but I think it's a very good sign that we're going to have an engaged, excited Democratic electorate turning out in November", said Dillon, whose party has struggled with turnout in past midterm elections. "Americans have the sticker shock of health care as it is, and what we're also not talking about is why aren't we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can't afford access to health care?"

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.