Whitmer and Schuette Win Michigan Governor’s Nominations

Ben Shapiro left offered $10,000 to a charity of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s choice or her campaign if she agreed to debate him

She will face the Republican incumbent, Mike Bishop, in race now rated a tossup. Voters were also choosing primary candidates in Missouri and Washington. Whitmer and Kelly both have extensive records as legislative leaders and pitch themselves as get-it-done pragmatists.

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow democratic socialist Sen. Democrat Rashida Tlaib won a race to run unopposed for the Detroit-area House seat vacated by John Conyers, making her poised to become the first Muslim woman in Congress, and two women advanced to a fall showdown for an open suburban Detroit district.

"We need a governor who knows how to get things done".

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her push for a "Medicare for all" health care system on Wednesday in part by citing the reduced cost of funeral expenses it would bring about.

Mr. Shapiro said he was "excited" that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who won her primary in NY for a House seat, has been framed as the future of the Democratic Party. "When you've got a Legislature that's so male, all the leaders making decisions around our health care being white males. you get the policies that we have here in MI".

In the race for the Republican nomination for Senate, John James, a businessman and former combat veteran, defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose endorsement by the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, was overshadowed by Trump's full-throated support for James late in the contest.

Vice President Mike Pence, who sought to unify Republicans at a post-primary rally in Grand Rapids, said the "blue wall" crumbled in MI with Trump's 2016 win - the first for a GOP presidential nominee in decades.

Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan's history. Hines self-funded his campaign with $2.7 million, hoping voters would elect another outsider like they did in backing Snyder in 2010.

Michigan, where Republicans have controlled state government for 7½ years, is an important gauge of whether Democrats can make gains in the upper Midwest after Trump won the state in 2016. During his victory speech at Dow Diamond baseball field, Schuette said he's ready to take her on in the general.

"There is tremendous intensity among Democratic women to participate in the election", said Bernie Porn, a pollster with EPIC-MRA in Lansing who attributed the surge to a backlash against Trump.



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