The Latest: Democrat Whitmer wins Michigan governor race

Published 11-07-2018

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DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on the midterm election in Michigan (all times local):

10 p.m.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the race for Michigan governor, defeating Bill Schuette and upending years of Republican control in the state.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

She ran on a platform of fixing problems such as deteriorating roads and aging drinking water infrastructure. She also emphasized her past vote to expand Medicaid to more than 600,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law.

The 47-year-old Whitmer, of East Lansing, will become Michigan's second female governor when she takes office.

The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state's gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 - but not by the moderate Snyder.

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11:40 a.m.

Utility crews in Michigan are working to keep polling p

The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state's gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 - but not by the moderate Snyder.

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11:40 a.m.

Utility crews in Michigan are working to keep polling places running as high winds bring scattered power outages to the state.

DTE Energy spokeswoman RoNeisha Mullen says six polling places in southeastern Michigan lost electrical service Tuesday morning, but power was restored on average within 45 minutes.

She says affected polling places were mostly in suburban Detroit, including three in Highland Township, one in Canton Township and one in Grosse Pointe Park. She says a precinct in Ypsilanti also was affected.

Mullen says just over 5,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning. The potential for power outages had been expected and Detroi

11:40 a.m.

Utility crews in Michigan are working to keep polling places running as high winds bring scattered power outages to the state.

DTE Energy spokeswoman RoNeisha Mullen says six polling places in southeastern Michigan lost electrical service Tuesday morning, but power was restored on average within 45 minutes.

She says affected polling places were mostly in suburban Detroit, including three in Highland Township, one in Canton Township and one in Grosse Pointe Park. She says a precinct in Ypsilanti also was affected.

Mullen says just over 5,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning. The potential for power outages had been expected and Detroit-based DTE said Monday that it mobilized employees to ensure polling places get quick attention.

Mullen says DTE also is in touch with city and county clerks.

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9:40 a.m.

Michigan voters are choosing the next governor to succeed Republican Rick Snyder and deciding if Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow should get a fourth term after hard-fought, expensive campaigns.

Mayla Lloyd, a 68-year-old retired maintenance supervisor from Lansing, says she voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and Stabenow because "we need change" and leaders who will stand for the "good of all people." She says she always votes, but her displeasure with President Donald Trump motivated her to urge others to vote.

Others backing Whitmer in Tuesday's election cite her pledge to fix the roads.

But Jeff Burden, a 38-year-old writer from Westland, says he voted for Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor because of his record, specifically how he investigated Flint's water crisis and Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. He calls Republican Senate candidate John James, an Iraq War veteran and businessman, the "perfect guy" for any elective office.

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7:10 a.m.

Polls are now open in most of Michigan where Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party's hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term in Tuesday's election against Iraq War veteran John James. Gretchen Whitmer is pledging to fix the state's rickety roads and reverse a retirement tax if she's elected governor, while her opponent, Bill Schuette, hopes a solid economy will convince voters to stick with a Republican. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder couldn't run because of term limits.

Democrats also hope to cut into the state's GOP dominance in its U.S. House delegation, with women making strong challenges in at least two seats now held by Republicans.

There also are three statewide ballot questions, including whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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11:45 p.m.

Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party's hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates in Tuesday's election.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term against Iraq War veteran John James. Gretchen Whitmer is pledging to fix the state's rickety roads and reverse a retirement tax if she's elected governor, while her opponent, Bill Schuette, hopes a solid economy will convince voters to stick with a Republican. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder couldn't run because of term limits.

Democrats also hope to cut into the state's GOP dominance in its U.S. House delegation, with women making strong challenges in at least two seats now held by Republicans.

There also are three statewide ballot questions, including whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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