The 2018 Michigan Primaries are over. In its wake are some upsets, some surprises, and potentially, a recount? Read the highlights below:
Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic nominee for governor this November. Though receiving public support from Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in the days leading up to the primary, Abdul El-Sayed finished second in the polls followed by Shri Thanedar.
Attorney General Bill Schuette pulled far ahead of Lt. Govenor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim Hines, to win the Republican nomination for governor. Bill Gelineau won the race to become the Libertarian nominee.
Bridge Magazine’s Riley Beggin compared Schuette’s and Whitmer’s stances on issues, and wrote about Gelineau’s win.
Chalkbeat Detroit’s Erin Einhorn and Sam Park wrote about how Schuette and Whitmer differ specifically on education.
Former Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib won an especially tight race over Detroit City Council Brenda Jones to win the House seat formerly occupied by former Rep. John Conyers. She is on track to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, and will represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.
Michigan Radio’s Vince Duffy has more on Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran, John James, who will be the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic US Senator Debbie Stabenow.
In Wayne County, primary returns fluctuated wildly, baffling residents and reporters. WDET’s Stephen Henderson sat down with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell on Detroit Today to talk about accountability.
In Macomb County, the SMART millage renewal passed by a razor thin margin of 23 votes. But for some, the matter is far from settled. According to the Detroit News, opponents of the millage renewal, are looking into a recount petition.
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