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Election 2018

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Fresh off statewide defeats in 2018, Michigan’s Republican Party picked new leadership Saturday.

“Are you ready to win in 2020!” National Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney-McDaniel said as she rallied the state GOP convention in Lansing.

The party needs rallying after losing races for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state in 2018. Republicans held onto control of the state Senate and House but by slimmer margins.

Elissa Slotkin
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There are now a record number of women in Congress, and several of them are from Michigan.  

Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) now represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. She’s one of dozens of new women – including women of color – starting their terms. Slotkin says they’re changing the look of Congress.

“I mean, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been walking down the hall and someone thinks that I’m a staffer to a member of Congress,” she says.

She says Congress will now act differently too.

A stacked bar chart shows the division of Michiganders into who voted republican, democrat, 3rd-party, as well as who didn't vote and who isn't registered. 2014 is the highest turnout on the chart.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

Voter turnout during Michigan's 2018 midterms was the highest it's been in 56 years. The unofficial results released by the State of Michigan put 2018 turnout at 58% of registered voters.

Gretchen Whitmer

Starting in January, Michigan will have a Democrat in the governor’s seat. Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer won the office in Tuesday's midterm election. Whitmer is already making plans for her administration.

Listen above to hear Stateside's conversation with Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer. 

Graphic of the outline of the state of Michigan on a red and blue background with the text "Michigan Midterms 2018"
Natalie Brennan

Today on Stateside, breaking down the results of the midterm elections, which saw record high numbers of voters participate. Plus, the leaders behind the ballot proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and change how congressional district lines are drawn talk about what comes next, after voters approved both measures. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

In a race that was too close to call Tuesday night, Elissa Slotkin has officially won in the 8th Congressional District, narrowly unseating two-term incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bishop.

Bishop conceded defeat just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, although the Associated Press did not officially declare a winner until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Voting sign.
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The midterm election is over. In Michigan, it was a big night for Democrats in two of the top races in the state.

Zach Gorchow is the editor of Gongwer News Service. He spoke with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about those races and three statewide ballot proposals.

Michigan voters have approved a wide-ranging constitutional amendment that will allow people to register and vote on the day on an election, request absentee ballots without having to give a reason and cast straight-ticket ballots.

The ballot measure approved Tuesday will also automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license or conduct some other type of business with the secretary of state’s office, unless they opt out.

Emma Winowieki / Michigan Radio

Democrats got one seat closer to taking the majority in the U. S. House with Haley Stevens' victory in the 11th U.S. House District.

Stevens, of Rochester Hills, led Republican opponent Lena Epstein for most of the evening to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. David Trott (R-Birmingham).

Redistricting proposal passes in Michigan

Nov 6, 2018

Voters have overwhelmingly passed Proposal 18-2, amending the Michigan Constitution to move redistricting out of the Legislature and to a commission.

The proposal did well all across the state.

The proposal, which amends the Michigan Constitution, creates an independent citizen commission that will redraw the congressional district lines every 10 years.

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow was re-elected to a fourth term, defeating Detroit businessman and Army veteran Republican John James.

Stabenow had seen the race tighten in the final days of the campaign. She faced a strong competitor in James, who would have become the second African-American Republican in the current Senate if he had won.

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones.

Democratic former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's next governor with a victory over Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Whitmer will be the second woman elected as Michigan governor.

Here are election results from the major races we are following. Polls close at 8 p.m., and results will be updated as they come in.

Listen to live election coverage on Michigan Radio: 91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 Flint, 104.1 West Michigan, or stream it from the player above. You can also follow the results on Twitter.

A collection of "I Voted" stickers

Today on Stateside, county clerks from Ottawa and Oakland Counties weigh in on how voting is going in their precincts on this Election Day. Plus, a lead investigator on NASA's Parker Solar Probe talks about what scientists hope to learn from the mission, which will bring a human object closer to the Sun than ever before.    

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.  

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

This is an expensive year to run for a seat in the Michigan state Senate.

Craig Mauger is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. 

He says 10 of the 38 state Senate races have each cost more than $1 million.  The previous high was six in 2010

Mauger says a 2013 change to state election law is the likely reason for the spending increase.

Today on Stateside, a voting rights expert with the ACLU shares what Michiganders should know ahead of tomorrow’s midterm election. Plus, a conversation with actor and comedian Marc Evan Jackson who plays Shawn, an all-knowing immortal judge, on NBC’s The Good Place.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Marijuana leaves

Update, November 7, 2018:

Michiganders passed Proposal 1, making recreational marijuana legal in the state, on November 6. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A Michigan State University political scientist is predicting we could see the largest voter turnout for a mid-term election in Michigan in 20 years.

Prof. Corwin Smidt hasn’t been looking at polling or political campaign commercials.

A stacked bar graph breaks down the votes of the Michigan voting-age population, and includes info on those who didn't vote and/or weren't registered.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

If not voting was a candidate in Michigan's general elections, it would win a lot. The chart above breaks down how Michiganders voted — or didn't — in the last six general elections. 

Midterm elections always draw fewer voters to the polls than presidential years. But, even by midterm standards, Michigan's 2014 voter turnout was unimpressive. It was the lowest it had been in 24 years — since 1990. We published a story and graph on that back then.

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Tuesday, Michigan voters will decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana.

Meanwhile, there are conflicting views on whether legal weed will make Michigan’s streets more dangerous.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision claims are the most frequent kind of claims insurers receive.

Daniel Howes / Detroit News

To hear the two candidates for governor on the campaign trail, Michigan’s either finishing another “Lost Decade” or it’s poised for another one.

Couldn’t be further from the truth. Simple fact: whatever you think of Rick Snyder and his eight years as governor, his successor’s gonna inherit the best economy in at least 30 years. Jobs up. Per capita income up. Foreign investment rising. Unemployment down and plumbing record lows.

image of Justice Wilder in black robe
Committee to Retain Justice Kurtis T. Wilder

On Election Day, Michigan voters will select two state Supreme Court justices. Their choices could shift the political balance on the court, which is currently five to two in favor of Republican-backed justices. This week, Morning Edition is featuring interviews with candidates for the court.

We conclude our four-part series with Justice Kurtis Wilder, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy in 2017. 

headshot of megan cavanagh
John Schultz

The political makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court could change significantly on Election Day. Two seats are open and two current justices, both nomiated by the Republican Party, are running. Republican-backed justices currently hold a 5 to 2 majority over Democratic nominees.

Potholes on a road in Ann Arbor.
Daniel Hensel / Michigan Radio

Outgoing director of the Michigan Department of Transportation Kirk Steudle thinks that neither of Michigan's major-party candidates for governor has a solid plan for fixing the roads.

Steudle says Republican candidate Bill Schuette's idea of auditing MDOT to find extra cash has been done before – many times -- and it's never really been successful.

In fact, he says that in the last three years, M-DOT has undergone 26 audits in 23 different areas of the department.

headshot of elizabeth clement
Matt Mitchell

Voters could shift the balance on the Michigan Supreme Court on Election Day. There are currently five Republican-backed justices and two supported by the Democratic Party. Two seats currently held by Republican nominees are on this year's statewide ballot.

As part of Michigan Radio’s election coverage, Morning Edition is featuring interviews with candidates for the Supreme Court, including Justice Elizabeth Clement.

Old image of Detroit's Grande Ballroom
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Today on Stateside, a Democratic party leader in Detroit reponds to recent news that Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will be running as a write-in candidate against Democrat Rashida Tlaib in the race to represent the 13th District. Plus, we explore the history of MC5, one of the most well-known rock bands to come out of Detroit, on the 50th anniversary of their iconic live album recording.  

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

people in voting booths
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Secretary of State's office is not expecting any widespread problems that would interfere with the smooth running of next Tuesday's election.

According to Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams, it is not unusual for there to be small problems at the precinct level. But he said these are typically solved locally by the 1,520 clerks across the state.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A two-day business conference opened Tuesday in Detroit with vendors talking about growing, marketing and selling marijuana.

Next week, Michigan votes on legalizing recreational marijuana. The folks attending the Commercial Cannabis Conference and Expo are banking on Michiganders saying yes.

More than 1,500 attendees were checking out lamps, security doors, and other services at dozens of booths set up in one of the meeting halls at Cobo Center. 

Tim Suprise of Kalamazoo lived up to his name this week, when he was featured in campaign videos for both the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate candidates this week.

On Monday, Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow released an ad touting her support of the craft beer industry, featuring Arcadia Brewing Company founder Tim Suprise.