Primary Election Recap: Democratic Optimism, Women Advance

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El Sayed campaigns with support from New York Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio Cortez at a rally on the campus of Wayne State University

At least $23 million was spent airing broadcast TV ads across the state, including almost $17 million on governor's races won by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette.

Gretchen Whitmer's victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate.

According to unofficial election results from the Michigan Secretary of State's office, Whitmer won a decisive 54.3 percent of the votes in the primary, while former Detroit health department director Abdul El-Sayed came in second with 29.8 percent of votes. Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette in November. Most GOP strategists believe that Kobach, who served on Trump's short-lived voter fraud panel, is so polarizing that he could lose to a Democrat in the fall - even in a state as red as Kansas. She will face Attorney General Bill Schuette, who defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Voters were also choosing primary candidates in Missouri and Washington.

"We need a governor who can get things done and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get things done", she said.

"Indeed, folks are pumped up to vote", Clark said. He beat out the three other candidates with about 50 percent of the vote. It would be a first for either party in MI and is part of the broader surge in women running for office - mostly as Democrats - since the election of President Donald Trump. And either Republican business executive Lena Epstein or Democratic former auto bailout chief of staff Haley Stevens will succeed a retiring congressman in suburban Detroit.

"While the entire country wants to forget that history, we're not allowed to", she said.

In recent days Whitmer had leaned in to her front-runner status, refusing to mention her primary opponents on the campaign trail and admonishing campaign crowds to not take anything for granted.

In a video posted Wednesday, in which Shapiro mocked Democratic National Committee chairperson Tom Perez for labeling the NY congressional candidate the "future of the Democratic Party", he offered to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted an offer to debate him.

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