Former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic primary for governor.
She easily defeated Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar in Tuesday’s statewide balloting.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has been projected as the winner of the Republican Party’s primary for governor. He defeated Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Doctor Jim Hines to advance to the November general election.
The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser on Schuette’s victory:
“Bill Schuette has dedicated his life to fighting for the people of Michigan. As Attorney General, Bill has been a tireless advocate, tackling some of our state’s most important issues including human trafficking, opioid addiction, the processing of rape kits, and defending our schools from violence. I am proud to stand with Bill Schuette and know that as our next Governor, he will lead our state into another decade of prosperity. He has my full support and the Michigan Republican Party will work tirelessly to ensure that Bill is victorious in November.”
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon released the following statement on Gretchen Whitmer’s victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary:
“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. We’re excited that she’ll be leading the fight this election to bring the change needed in Lansing to finally fix the roads, ensure clean drinking water, improve our schools, and raise wages for workers. She will also fight tooth-and-nail for quality, affordable healthcare — and stand up to Donald Trump when he tries to rip it away.
“We are also grateful for Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar for the energy and viewpoints they brought to the Democratic Party throughout this primary.
“I’m confident Michigan Democrats across the state will have the determination and grassroots enthusiasm to take back the governor’s office in November.”