Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Whitmer, Schuette win governor nominations

Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Charlie Simmons | 11 August, 2018, 18:32

Listen above to hear more about how the high turnout impacted electoral results, and the victories of Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer.

Schuette, 64, received congratulatory calls from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence after he beat Lt. Gov. Brian Calley - a close partner with Snyder - conservative state Sen. "I will not be governor managing Michigan's decline into a smaller, less significant state".

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

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow democratic socialist Sen. Voters were also choosing primary candidates in Missouri and Washington. She said while the president's party typically faces rough sledding in his first midterm election, Michigan Republicans have a better record of getting out the vote than Democrats do.

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.

She also claims her message is resonating with female voters in the state.

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In her victory speech, Whitmer thanked her supporters and her family and everyone who voted for her, along with her Democratic opponents in the race.

"The reality is, this is President Trump's Republican party".

The conservative host referenced Ocasio-Cortez's comments that Republicans aren't willing to debate, and said he wanted to ask her to "name an industry you would not nationalize; which ones should the government not run and why?".

But Whitmer wants the debates focused on different issues. 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.

With the gubernatorial and Senate victors being declared not long after the closure of all polls, attention turned to several closely watched House battles where a number of female candidates were competing. Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst in Iraq who served in the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, is a third-generation Michigander who has said she entered the race after being enraged by Republican attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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