Michigan Liberated!

Voters in Michigan not only reelected Governor Gretchen Whitmer, they flipped both chambers of the legislature blue, and protected Michigan women’s rights to reproductive freedom. And some voter stuff, too.

Democrats, headed by Gretchen Whitmer, along with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel on their way to victories, dominated the election-denying clown car of candidates Tudor Dixon, Kristina Karamo, and Matt DePerno — each endorsed by Trump.

Michigan voters also approved three ballot proposals.

  • Proposal 3 enshrined abortion rights into the Michigan Constitution, and passed (at the latest count) by a 56-45 margin.
  • Proposal 2 was backed by 59% of the voters, and expanded voter protections. Voters now will receive nine days of early in-person voting; mandatory drop boxes and pre-paid postage for mail ballots; gives voters an option to present photo ID or a signed affidavit when voting in person or applying for an absentee ballot; ensures that the Board of Canvassers cannot refuse to certify a ballot measure for reasons beyond the number of valid signatures.
  • Proposal 1 was backed by 66% of voters, and reduced term limits and required financial disclosure by candidates.

Michigan Democrats flipped the State House and Senate for the first time since the early 1980s.

Redistricting provided an opportunity for Democrats to take a narrow edge.

The State Senate contest appears to have tied at 19-19, but Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist would be a tie-breaker.

The State House stands as a win with a 56-54 advantage.

Democrats retain their advantage in the Michigan Supreme Court.

Democrats will maintain a 4-3 advantage in their high court. Democrat Richard Bernstein was reelected, as well as Republican Brian Zahra — after it was revealed he supported his ex-wife’s abortion in college.

BridgeMI, Detroit News

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