Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette handily defeated his closest challenger, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, in the race to the Republican nomination for governor and a slot on the November ballot.
Just before 9:30 p.m. the Associated Press called the race for Schuette with 15 percent of the vote counted and Schuette having a 52 percent to 23 percent lead over Calley.
In his acceptance speech Schuette said “his heart is full” and he thanked the Republican competitors he defeated in the Primary election.
He said “Michigan, it’s time to win again”, drawing cheers from the crowd of supporters.
Schuette added that “tonight the campaign only now begins”.
He was quick to attack Gretchen Whitmer. He said “if you thought Jennifer Granholm was bad, Whitmer is worse.”
Bill Schuette has been involved in Michigan politics since he first served as a delegate to the Michigan Republican convention in 1972.
Schuette was born in Midland and graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High in 1972. He attended Georgetown University in Washington DC, graduating in 1976. He also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland before getting his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979.
Schuette was 31 when he was elected to the U.S. House representing the 10th Congressional District. He served there until 1991 when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Carl Levin.
Then-governor John Engler appointed Schuette in 1991 to head the Michigan Department of Agriculture. He was in that position until he resigned to run for State Senate in 1994.
He was elected as a State Senator for the 35th District and served there until the end of 2002.
From 2002 until 2009 Schuette was a judge on the Michigan Fourth District Court of Appeals.
Schuette was elected as Michigan’s 53rd Attorney General in November 2010. In that position he has been in the center of controversy. In 2011 a recall effort was approved by Midland County authorities over Schuette’s stand on the medical marijuana law approved by Michigan voters in 2008.
Schuette had been widely believed to be a candidate for governor as early as 2016. He had refused to announce his intentions until September 2017, when he declared he was running for the Republican nomination.