Michigan state office candidates get key endorsements leading to today’s primary

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Key nominations are at stake for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices in Michigan’s primary.

Voters on Tuesday will choose the major party candidates who will vie to replace Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has reached his term limit, and a GOP nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term.

The primary also is when the next congressman or congresswoman will effectively be chosen in two solidly Democratic U.S. House districts whose seats are opening due to retirements, and when nominees will be selected for an open battleground district in suburban Detroit.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette are considered the favorites for governor, but Michigan’s electorate is unpredictable. Whitmer faces challenges from Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and businessman Shri Thanedar.

Schuette is going against Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.

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