Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic primary for MI governor

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"Gretchen Whitmer is a tough, determined, and proven leader, who will be an unrelenting champion for our middle class as the next Governor of Michigan", Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement.

Whitmer will now go up against Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette, in the November general election.

She earned the nomination by defeating Shri Thanedar, a chemical-testing businessman, and Abdul El-Sayed, an ex-Detroit health director who was vying to become the country's first Muslim governor.

Thanedar, who spent more than $11 million of his own money on the race, surged in public polls as El-Sayed struggled to raise money and Whitmer replaced her campaign manager. You will have a Big win in November and be a tremendous Governor for the Great State of MI.

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Almost 2.2 million voters cast ballots in Michigan's primary, the most in a midterm primary in at least 40 years and possibly the most in state history.

The Michigan governorship is a top target for the Democratic Party. "Michigan is one of the DGA's top targets for pickup this cycle, and Gretchen is a terrific candidate".

Whitmer ran on Democratic planks such as shutting down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, increasing funding for education and infrastructure improvements. Whitmer also endorsed a $15 minimum wage, but focused her campaign on "fixing the damn roads", a memorable promise to fix the state's infrastructure. "What I mean by that is we need to be inspiring a whole new generation of people that just have not been engaged in our political system, in our government, and I think that's what's been has been really disconnected with Congress right now and the American people".

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