Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stabenow and Whitmer lead a list of women winning office in Michigan as turnout set a record for a midterm election

In August, the headline read Whitmer vs. Schuette for Governor and Stabenow vs. James for Senate as turnout shattered records.  Last night's general election results followed directly from that, as Gretchen Whitmer handily won election as Governor of Michigan, Debbie Stabenow earned re-election as U.S. Senator from Michigan, and turnout set a record for a midterm election.  Watch WOOD-TV report Gretchen Whitmer elected Michigan governor.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the race for Michigan governor, defeating Bill Schuette and upending years of Republican control in the state.
That's one woman winning office in Michigan.  Watch another, as WXYZ reported Democrat Debbie Stabenow wins re-election to U.S. Senate, beating John James.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate after beating out Farmington Hills businessman John James in the election, ABC News projects.
Not only did Whitmer and Stabenow win, so did Jocelyn Benson and Dana Nessel.  WXYZ posted Political analyst on why women dominated 2018 midterm election in Michigan.

"This year we saw the year of the woman 2.0," said Dave Dulio, a political science professor at Oakland University, after last night's historic midterm election.  Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel, Jocelyn Benson, Debbie Stabenow, and the list goes on.  Whether it’s a governor, attorney general, secretary of state, or senator, Michigan selected Democratic women for every statewide office on Tuesday’s ballot.
The video also mentioned three new U.S. Representatives elected from Michigan last night, Rashida Tlaib, Haley Stevens, and Elissa Slotkin, all women.  In addition, the two justices elected to the Michigan Supreme Court were women.  Oh, and it also mentioned that turnout set a record for a midterm election in Michigan.

The wave extended down to the Michigan State Senate, as WOOD-TV reported last night was Unprecedented election for women in Michigan Senate.

Sen.-elect Winnie Brinks made history Tuesday night when she flipped the seat. She’s one of 11 women who will make up the Senate next year – the most in state history.
I am pleased to see the promise of Record numbers of women running for office bore fruit.  Congratulations to the winners!

Stay tuned for more on the election results.

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