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Political roundup: high voter turnout suggests “blue wave” come November

Aug 10, 2018

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time to take a look at the week in politics with our favorite commentators.

Ken Sikkema is Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in the state Senate. Vicki Barnett is a former mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator.

On the agenda for today's roundup is the  results of Tuesday’s primary, and a look at how the winning candidates will choose their second-in-command.

Both Barnett and Sikkema say nothing all that suprising came out of the primary election. Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette were both favorites for their party's nominations, despite their opponents significant investment in their campaign. 

“Money isn’t the only thing, otherwise Shri Thanedar would be the Democratic nominee for governor. And yard signs aren’t the only thing, otherwise Patrick Colbeck would be the Republican nominee for governor,” said Sikkema.

Barnett said there was one thing that surprised her: the strong showing by women candidates. 

"Where there was a woman on the ballot, she tended to win if she were running against men,” said Barnett.

Listen above to hear more about the post-primary strategies for candidates and what a high voter turnout Tuesday might mean for Democrats come November.

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