Schuette, Whitmer Face Off In Governor's Race This Fall

Aug 8, 2018

Bill Schuette
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(MPRN) Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November. Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan’s history.

Bill Schuette beat out fellow Republicans, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Saginaw doctor, Jim Hines. Schuette captured about 50 percent of the vote.

The Democratic candidate for governor is a former leader of the Senate Democrats, Gretchen Whitmer defeated Shri Thanedar and Abdul El Sayed for their party’s nomination.

Gretchen Whitmer - file photo
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Libertarian candidates were also on the primary ballot for the first time in Michigan history. That’s because enough people voted for Gary Johnson - the Libertarian candidate for president – in the 2016 election. More than 5,000 people voted Libertarian, with candidate Bill Gelineau taking the nomination.