Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer Win Michigan Gubernatorial Primary Races

Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was a record MI primary turnout, with more than half-million more people voting than in 2010 - the last time the governorship was open.

More than 2 million votes were cast around MI yesterday.

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor's seat in November.

"We need to throw Bill Schuette a big retirement party come November", Whitmer told jubilant supporters in Detroit. And, she added, "We come from a family and a place that had been colonized".

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More than 1.1 million people voted in the Democratic gubernatorial contest, double the number in the 2010 race, and about 140,000 more than the almost 1 million who voted in the Republican primary. Precincts then started to run low on ballots. Calley, who was supported by Snyder but withdrew his support for Trump in 2016, touted economic gains under their watch and accused Schuette of illegally misusing his office to advance his political career and wrongly prosecuting top state officials for Flint's water crisis. She implied on CNN earlier in the week that even though some of her candidates, like MI gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, lost to establishment Democrats earlier in the week, they beat the spread and helped "move the needle forward in the fight for social and economic dignity in the United States". "And she knows that, which is why her best move here would have been either to just ignore or to say no".

Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave.

Richard Fowler said Ocasio-Cortez' purported gaffes have been saturating the media as of late and said that on the right, "you could run Corey Stewart memes all day" - referring to the Trump-endorsed conservative Republican county chairman running against Sen. He credited Republican leaders for helping the state "get off the mat" after a decade-long downturn and said Whitmer would "take us back to a time of shuttered industries, dashed dreams and higher taxes".

A key reason for the turnout boost was the number of competitive House races in metropolitan Detroit, said Lansing-based pollster Ed Sarpolus of Target-Insyght.

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