Pollster Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA in Lansing said Trump, whose endorsements of Schuette and John James helped carry them to wins, energized both the Republican and Democratic bases to vote on Tuesday.
Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave.
Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer walks on Livernois Ave.as she tours the area with Mayor Mike Duggan, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Detroit.
Almost 2.2 million votes were cast, a 28 percent spike over the 1.7 million in 2002.
The number of women in Michigan's 14-member House delegation will at least double, to four, because of the primary results. Debbie Stabenow in November, and several Democrats were vying for the congressional seat that was vacated by John Conyers. He pointed to his June poll of likely November voters that showed 57 percent were extremely interested in the election and extremely motivated to vote, but among Democratic women it was 67 percent. That's not in line with some of the headliners of the #MeToo era and the anti-Trump resistance movement, but it may be Democrats' best shot to flip two governor's mansions that Republicans have held since 2011.
He noted that more Democrats than Republicans voted in suburban Detroit's Oakland and Macomb counties, key bellwethers in statewide general elections.
Gretchen Whitmer, the former Democratic leader of the MI state Senate, won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday night.
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. The number of female House nominees is at least 185 nationwide and stands at 10 in MI, which also are records. Just over 28 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots, an increase from the previous high of 24 percent from 1982.
Republican candidates have stopped short of criticizing Trump regarding the tariffs, and have instead focused their campaign on the social and cultural issues that unite modern Republicans - such as anti-immigration policies or defunding Planned Parenthood. But she was an outspoken advocate for women's issues long before the January 2017 Women's Marches and #MeToo era, publicly disclosing during a 2013 legislative debate on health insurance coverage for abortions that she had been raped in college. "It's not very often that we overperform them in primary turnout, especially when you have equally competitive primaries on both sides". Unlike some of their fellow Democratic nominees in other states, neither would become their state's first female governors.
Throughout her campaign, Whitmer has argued that she's a progressive with a track record.
"We have so many elected officials with no political background".
"As your governor, I'll enforce our immigration laws and I'll ban sanctuary cities in Michigan", Schuette said in a recent advertisement that also featured Trump. He declined to name her. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines in the GOP primary.