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Schuette, Whitmer Face Off In Governor's Race This Fall

Schuette, Whitmer Face Off In Governor's Race This Fall

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bill Schuette, speaks to members of the media ahead of his election day party at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Whitmer recieved the majority of party support in defeating Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar.

Former Democratic legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the nominations for MI governor on Tuesday, besting five other candidates who were also vying to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.

If the polls are correct, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will lose by double digits in today's Republican primary for governor.

Bill Schuette beat out fellow Republicans, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Saginaw doctor, Jim Hines.

Whitmer was considered an establishment candidate for the Democrats, compared to her closest rival El-Sayed, who campaigned on a more left-leaning, progressive platform.

In the Republican battle, Schuette - a veteran politician who has served in Congress, the Legislature and as an appellate judge - emphasized his endorsement from Trump and a proposal to cut the state income tax.

Crowds outside the GOP rally were not that large, much smaller than what President Trump has drawn in West Michigan. "But with our ground game and our fundraising capabilities, we feel like if we pack our raingear - if we come prepared - we're going to be just fine", said state GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson. And she touted her experience during her victory speech in Detroit. Gelineau defeated John J. Tatar in the Libertarian contest.

"They come to the race and will tell us, 'We really believe in electing women because women will be more civil and get more done in Washington, '" Slotkin said.

"It's not totally predictive, but I think it's a very good sign that we're going to have an engaged, excited Democratic electorate turning out in November", said Dillon, whose party has struggled with turnout in past midterm elections.