Whitmer Wins Democratic Primary In Governor's Race

Howard TerryAug 11, 2018

Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette in November.

Bill Schuette beat out fellow Republicans, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Saginaw doctor, Jim Hines.

There will be two all-female races in Washington state.

"Why don't we talk about the cost of reduced productivity because of people who need to go on disability, because of people who are not able to participate in our economy because they are having issues like diabetes or they don't have access to the health care that they need?" she added. "I will not be governor managing Michigan's decline into a smaller, less significant state".

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow democratic socialist Sen.

Green Party candidate Jennifer Kurland was unopposed in the primary.

According to unofficial election results from the Michigan Secretary of State's office, Whitmer won a decisive 54.3 percent of the votes in the primary, while former Detroit health department director Abdul El-Sayed came in second with 29.8 percent of votes.

There was also a key election for a House seat in OH, in which president Donald Trump claimed victory.

Ocasio-Cortez said that she and Ing had similar life experiences even though they grew up worlds apart because they both lost their fathers when they were young and had to work multiple jobs to help their families make ends meet.

Throughout her campaign, Whitmer has argued that she's a progressive with a track record.

In the frantic closing days, Whitmer campaigned with union leaders, members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who said she is the party's best chance to retake the governorship in November.

"The reality is, this is President Trump's Republican party". In suburban Detroit's 11th District, GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein and Democrat Haley Stevens were leading the fields to follow a retiring Republican congressman.

The conservative host referenced Ocasio-Cortez's comments that Republicans aren't willing to debate, and said he wanted to ask her to "name an industry you would not nationalize; which ones should the government not run and why?".

In other races that will be closely watched this fall, Democrats nominated former national security official Elissa Slotkin and former state Rep. Gretchen Driskell for Republican-held House seats in southeastern MI.

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