Election 2018: Polls Open in Most of Michigan For Primary


Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was a record MI primary turnout, with more than half-million more people voting than in 2010 - the last time the governorship was open.

More than 2 million votes were cast around MI yesterday.

Gretchen Whitmer, a former Democratic leader in the MI state Senate, claimed her party's nomination for governor Tuesday, defeating two insurgent rivals and setting up a crucial test for Midwestern Democrats and organized labor in November. Republicans have dominated MI for most of the past decade, and President Donald Trump carried the state narrowly in 2016.

Mr. Shapiro said he was "excited" that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who won her primary in NY for a House seat, has been framed as the future of the Democratic Party. "When you've got a Legislature that's so male, all the leaders making decisions around our health care being white males. you get the policies that we have here in MI". Precincts then started to run low on ballots. "We know we deserve better and we are ready to fight, right?" They cite hostility toward Trump, spending on top races and recent visits to the state from Vermont Sen.

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Ocasio-Cortez has been campaigning for likeminded candidates across the country to build a bench of left-wing Democratic-socialist candidates.

Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave. Supporters of the Donald Trump administration said they were excited Pence made a stop 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. Both Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed positioned themselves as progressives.

A key reason for the turnout boost was the number of competitive House races in metropolitan Detroit, said Lansing-based pollster Ed Sarpolus of Target-Insyght. Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term.