Michigan Primary Election Results

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"Vote!" by H. Michael Karshls, some rights reserved

10:10 p. m.

Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall.

James, a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday’s primary.

Stabenow is seeking a fourth Senate term and has easily fended off past challengers, but Trump’s narrow 2016 victory in Michigan has the GOP hopeful it can flip the seat.

The 37-year-old James is an executive at his family’s automotive logistics companies and a West Point graduate who flew helicopters during the Iraq War.

He is Michigan’s first black Republican nominee for a major statewide office in more than three decades, but he has said he only wants to be assessed on his character.

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9:55 p.m.

Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor, besting two competitors to advance to the November race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, defeated chemical-testing businessman Shri ThanedarĀ  and ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed in Tuesday’s primary. She will face Attorney General Bill Schuette, who defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines in the GOP primary.

Whitmer was considered the favorite due to her political experience and broad support from organized labor and other key groups. El-Sayed especially courted the party’s more liberal, pro-Bernie Sanders wing, as did Thanedar, who spent millions of dollars of his own money on his campaign.

The Michigan governorship is a top target for the Democratic Party, which is eager to make gains in the Midwest, where Republicans have dominated state governments and which helped President Donald Trump take the White House in 2016.

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9:25 p.m.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has won the Republican nomination for Michigan governor, defeating three other candidates vying to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.

Schuette beat Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines. Democrats running were former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer, ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.

Schuette, a former congressman, state lawmaker and appellate judge, was endorsed by President Donald Trump. He says he would cut the state income tax, like Trump reduced federal taxes.

The Michigan governorship is a top target for the Democratic Party, which is eager to make gains in the Midwest, where Republicans have dominated state governments and which helped President Donald Trump take the White House in 2016.

Michigan Governor – GOP
88% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Bill Schuette (R) 450,910 51%
Brian Calley (R) 220,828 25%
Patrick Colbeck (R) 116,558 13%
Jim Hines (R) 97,770 11%
Michigan Governor – DEM
88% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Gretchen Whitmer (D) 512,581 52%
Abdul El-Sayed (D) 313,385 32%
Shri Thanedar (D) 167,739 17%
Michigan Governor – LIB
84% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Bill Gelineau (L) 3,767 58%
John J Tatar (L) 2,700 42%
U.S. Senate – GOP
87% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> John James (R) 466,162 55%
Sandy Pensler (R) 378,851 45%
U.S. Congress 6th District
98% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Matt Longjohn (D) 20,849 37%
George Franklin (D) 15,604 28%
David Benac (D) 12,116 22%
Rich Eichholz (D) 7,182 13%
Michigan State Senate – District 21
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Kim LaSata (R) 14,514 55%
Dave Pagel (R) 12,062 45%
Michigan State Rep. – District 78
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Brad Paquette (R) 4,081 49%
David Mann (R) 1,582 19%
Kelly Priede (R) 1,251 15%
Daniel Hinkle (R) 713 9%
Dana Daniels (R) 479 6%
Steve Bury (R) 164 2%
Michigan State Rep. – District 79 – GOP
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Pauline Wendzel (R) 4,633 47%
Maria Moen (R) 2,131 22%
Troy Rolling (R) 1,609 16%
Bruce Gorenflo (R) 1,095 11%
JoAnn DeMeulenaere (R) 375 4%
Michigan State Rep. – District 79 – DEM
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Joey Andrews (D) 3,262 57%
Marletta Seats (D) 2,478 43%
Berrien Co. Commissioner – District 2
83% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Jon Hinkelman (R) 1,029 72%
William Hodge (R) 391 28%
Berrien Co. Commissioner – District 6
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Chris Huegel (R) 1,790 84%
Anthony Benhart (R) 339 16%
Berrien Co. Commissioner – District 7
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Robert Harrison (R) 734 52%
Harry Burritt (R) 345 25%
John Blahnik (R) 324 23%
Niles Dial-A-Ride Tax Renewal
25% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Yes 215 61%
No 140 39%
North Berrien Historical Society Tax
83% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Yes 1,922 67%
No 955 33%
Watervliet Police Proposal Renewal
0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Yes %
No %
Watervliet Fire Proposal Renewal
0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Yes %
No %
Baroda Twp. Fire Equipment Fund Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 401 64%
No 230 36%
Baroda Twp. Fire Station Bond Proposal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> No 324 51%
Yes 308 49%
Baroda Twp. Police Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 353 59%
No 243 41%
Buchanan Twp. Fire Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 369 67%
No 178 33%
Berrien Springs/Oronoko Twp. Police Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 721 65%
No 396 35%
Galien Twp. Fire Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 177 84%
No 33 16%
Royalton Twp. Road Maintenance, Repair Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 811 75%
No 277 25%
St. Joseph Charter Twp. Parks & Trails Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 1,442 57%
No 1,092 43%
Weesaw Twp. Road Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 262 64%
No 148 36%
Brandywine Community Schools Operating Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 539 70%
No 229 30%
River Valley Schools Operating Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 1,229 75%
No 414 25%
Niles District Library Tax
66% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Yes 861 65%
No 472 35%
Cass Co. Commissioner – District 2
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Dixie Ann File (R) 394 51%
Louis Csokasy (R) 381 49%
Cass Co. Commissioner – District 3
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Dwight W. Dyes (R) 424 57%
Roxana Hall (R) 321 43%
Cass Co. Commissioner – District 5
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Robert W. Benjamin (R) 322 50%
Robert L. Ziliak (R) 321 50%
Cass Co. Commissioner – District 6
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Michael Grice (R) 403 67%
Bernie Williamson (R) 196 33%
Cass Co. Commissioner – District 7
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> E. Clark Cobb (D) 231 52%
Minnie Macon Warren (D) 210 48%
Cass Co. E-911 Central Dispatch Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 4,728 75%
No 1,554 25%
Coloma Twp. Police and Fire Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 561 61%
No 354 39%
Decatur Public Schools Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 51 51%
No 49 49%
Dowagiac District Library Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 736 52%
No 691 48%
Ontwa Twp. Ambulance Service 2-Year Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 639 83%
No 132 17%
Ontwa Twp. Ambulance Service 4-Year Tax Renewal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 575 77%
No 170 23%
Lincoln Charter Twp. Library Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 1,584 66%
No 824 34%
St. Joseph Charter Twp. Fire Dept. Improvement Tax
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 1,828 72%
No 715 28%
Volinia Twp. Tax Increase Proposal
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 160 70%
No 69

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