Primary 2018: Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic nomination

Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for governor.

She will now face Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in Novembers’ General Election.

The Associated Press called the race just after 10:00 p.m. with Whitmer holding a commanding lead over closest challenger Abdul El-Sayed.

During her acceptance speech from a Detroit casino she thanked the Democratic candidates she defeated in the Primary race. Whitmer said she wa proud to have such a diverse group of opponents.

Whitmer said she is proud to be a Michigander and told her supporters that it is time to “give Bill Schuette a retirement party.”

She said she will lead the “change this state deserves” and the state deserves a governor who is “ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work”.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is no stranger to Michigan politics.

According to her campaign website, Whitmer learned from her Democrat mother and Republican father that she had to be willing to listen to everyone and put people ahead of politics.

Whitmer was born in Lansing, raised primarily in East Lansing, graduated from high school in Grand Rapids. She is also a Michigan State University grad and has a law degree from Detroit College of Law at MSU.

She served in the State House from 2000 until 2006.  She then was elected to the Michigan Senate, where she served until 2015. During her tenure in the Senate she was chosen to be Democratic Leader.

In June of 2016 she stepped in a Ingham County Prosecutor when the outgoing prosecutor was arrested and resigned. Whitmer served the remainder of the six-month term.

Running for governor this year is not Whitmer’s first look at statewide office.  In October 2009 she filed paperwork to run for Michigan Attorney General.  She suspended that campaign after three months, citing family concerns.

In 2013 Whitmer was also considered to be the leading Democrat to run against incumbent governor Rick Snyder.  She announced she would not run for governor at that time.

Whitmer has been campaigning for governor since January 2017.

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