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Lisa Bryan | 11 August, 2018, 18:30

Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was record turnout for a MI primary, 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 in 2002. Just over 28 per cent of the voting-age population cast ballots, an upturn over the previous high of 24 per cent from 1982.

Schuette, Michigan's current Attorney General, defeated Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines to win the Republican race.

News 10 will sit down with the Democratic gubernatorial nominee on Thursday.

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.

"It's a big warning sign for Republicans", said Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon.

Though voters went with outsiders Snyder in 2010 and Trump in 2016 - the first Republican presidential victory in the state in decades - some said Tuesday that they liked Whitmer and Schuette's political experience.


"As your governor, I'll enforce our immigration laws and I'll ban sanctuary cities in Michigan", Schuette said in a recent advertisement that also featured Trump. And either Republican business executive Lena Epstein or Democratic former auto bailout chief of staff Haley Stevens will succeed a retiring congressman in suburban Detroit. "Whatever differences we may have, it is my hope, starting tonight, we can unite in our common goal: more jobs, greater growth and bigger paychecks for MI families".

Republicans say they expected higher Democratic turnout.

"The blue wave, it's a thing".

Whitmer would not be Michigan's first female governor, nor has she made the anti-Trump resistance movement a centerpiece of her campaign, instead focusing on issues such as road repairs, school funding and water. We're aware of it.

"I love MI. I am raising my family here in this great state", she said.

"Our voters will come home". Ignoring pleas from aides and the Republican Governors Association, the president yesterday tweeted a strong endorsement of Secretary of State Kris Kobach over the Republican incumbent.

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