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Schuette, Whitmer win primaries in gubernatorial races

11 August, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

President Trump endorsed Schuette. of MI, for governor, and on Monday also endorsed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for that state's GOP primary.

Whitmer, the first-ever female leader of a MI state Senate caucus, beat back challenges from former Detroit health director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and chemical-testing entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.

Ocasio-Cortez was campaigning for Hawaii Democratic congressional candidate Kaniela Ing ahead of this weekend's primary election and argued that Hawaii felt like a "kindred home" because she also comes "from a place of colonized people". "You have to understand how things work to get things done", said Karen Rozanski, 67, of St. Clair Shores, who voted for Whitmer.

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.

Steve Lauer, 75, a retired business consultant from Traverse City, said he backed Schuette because of his experience and conservative beliefs.

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"I like balanced budgets".

On the Democrats' side, Gretchen Whitmer beat out newcomer Abdul El-Sayed.

Schuette also thanked his competitors in the Republican party for their commitment to the state and their service to MI. "I like lower taxes", Lauer said. El-Sayed got a boost with a visit from U.S. Sen. 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.

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.

In his victory speech, Schuette thanked all his supporters. Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan's history. John James and Sandy Pensler squared off in a GOP primary for the chance to face Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term.

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