Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Whitmer wins Democratic nomination for MI governor

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El Sayed campaigns with support from New York Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio Cortez at a rally on the campus of Wayne State University Ocasio-Cortez v Ben Shapiro: Dem candidate refuses ‘catcalling’ debate offer
Glenn Montgomery | 11 August, 2018, 18:32

About $23 million was spent airing broadcast TV ads, including almost $17 million on governor's races won by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette.

Schuette, 64, received congratulatory calls from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence after he beat Lt. Gov. Brian Calley - a close partner with Snyder - conservative state Sen.

In her victory speech, Whitmer noted how much she enjoys her home state.

Though Whitmer may still choose a male running mate, the Democrats are fielding women for governor, Senate, state attorney general and secretary of state.

"It's time to start winning again", Schuette, echoing a favorite theme of Trump's. "I am proud of our state".

"And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one", she continued.

The primary is over, but MI is only about 3 months away from November and the candidates are ready to get started. That race was exceptionally close with almost all the vote counted.

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow democratic socialist Sen.

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.

Whitmer was considered the favorite due to her political experience and broad support from organized labor and other key groups.

She earned the nomination by defeating Shri Thanedar, a chemical-testing businessman, and Abdul El-Sayed, an ex-Detroit health director who was vying to become the country's first Muslim governor.

Throughout her campaign, Whitmer has argued that she's a progressive with a track record. She travels the state in a large bus marked with her trademark campaign slogan: "Fix The Damn Roads". He also had a message for those who supported the other candidates. "I find Republican women coming up to me saying they don't like what's happening in the White House and saying they don't particularly like their options".

She told the crowd that her mother was from Puerto Rico and many of her family members still live there before claiming that she and Ing were "shaped by the exact same forces" like "runaway income inequality, an unaddressed history of imperialism, and poverty". Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have cited a recent study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University as proof that a single-payer system would save $2 trillion over the next ten years, but fact-checkers write their conclusions are inaccurate.

"The reality is, this is President Trump's Republican party".

"Indeed, folks are pumped up to vote", Clark said.

Schuette was the only candidate to get President Donald Trump's endorsement.

Trump shocked the political establishment by winning MI in 2016, but recent polling has shown some of his support from independents and swing voters could be evaporating.

Republicans say they expected higher Democratic turnout. Thank you for believing in me, for supporting me, for carrying me.

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. "Who's ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work".

In the 8th district, which is crucial to Democrats' hopes of retaking the House, voters selected an establishment favorite, Elissa Slotkin, as the nominee. She will face the Republican incumbent, Mike Bishop, in race now rated a tossup.

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