News 10 one on one with Gretchen Whitmer


Gretchen Whitmer, a former leader in the MI state Senate, captured the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday night and will face off against the state's Republican attorney general, Bill Schuette, in a race that looms as a pivotal test of whether Democrats can reclaim power in a state President Donald Trump won two years ago.

Schuette and Whitmer - both veteran officeholders - easily bested their opponents in Tuesday's primary to set up their head-to-head race to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who reached his term limit.

"There is tremendous intensity among Democratic women to participate in the election", said Bernie Porn, a pollster with EPIC-MRA in Lansing who attributed the surge to a backlash against Trump. Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term. It's the only district in a Great Plains state Democratic presidential nominee won and is chock-full of the college-educated suburbanites who have turned against in recent years. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves", she said, suggesting she'd decide later down the line.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, defeated chemical-testing businessman Shri Thanedar and ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed in Tuesday's primary. Whitmer opposes an immediate push for single-payer health care, calling it "unrealistic" in the current political environment, and hasn't sworn off corporate PAC donations. El-Sayed got a boost with a visit from U.S. Sen. "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". Cathy Glasson, endorsed by Sanders' successor group, Our Revolution, fell short in Iowa's gubernatorial primary, as did Peter Jacob and Jim Keady in two New Jersey House races.

Whitmer also invoked the president in her address to a raucous crowd in a ballroom at Detroit's Motor City Casino.

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"I love MI. I am raising my family here in this great state", she said. "We need more political correctness, not less'". There's a growing sense of more people being left behind. Supporters of the Donald Trump administration said they were excited Pence made a stop in West Michigan.

Colorado state law requires a balanced budget. "I like lower taxes", Lauer said.

With almost 90 percent of precincts reporting, Schuette had roughly half of the GOP vote to Calley's quarter, with Colbeck and Hines at 13 percent and 11 percent respectively. (Estes narrowly beat Thompson past year in a low-turnout special election.) And Welder will have to beat two strong candidates in the August 7 primary: history teacher Tom Niermann has the backing of a slew of local politicians, and EMILY's List has already pledged to spend heavily to back former Obama administration official Sharice Davids.

The number of women in Michigan's 14-member House delegation will at least double, to four, because of the primary results.