Gretchen Witmer

Whitmer can end a decade of one-party control for Republicans in state government

Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Governor

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2018 RESULT: Whitmer wins by nearly 10-point margin (53.3% to 43.8%)

Michigan’s state government has been under one-party Republican control for the entire decade. Without a Democratic Governor in place, Republicans will have the upper hand in the next round of redistricting in 2021 -- thus preserving the status quo through at least 2030.

Whitmer is a mother of five children, a former county prosecutor, and a former member of both the state house and state senate. A native of Lansing, she holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a JD from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Whitmer is running against Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who was endorsed by President Trump well before the Republican Primary Election.

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Gretchen Witmer (D)

Bill Schuette (R)

Campaign Spending

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Outside Spending

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Polling Results

Whitmer (42) vs Schuette (37) - with a margin of error of 3.0 as of 6/26 Real Clear Politics

Election Results

Governor

2008 R+15%

2010 R+18.2%

2014 R+5%

Presidential

2008: D+16.0%

2012: D+9.5%

2016: R+0.2%

State

Profile

Michigan’s overall population is slowly recovering after a decade of sizable losses. These population shifts have changed the political landscape in the state, particularly in traditionally-Democratic areas like Detroit (which has lost 29% of its population since 2010). The number of African-American voters has been on the decline for the last 14 years, and white working class voters now account for 45% of Michigan’s electorate. Economic concerns are a big motivating factor for voters; the statewide median income is below the national average and manufacturing jobs are at two-thirds of the level it was in 2000.

Despite these population and voter changes, Michigan voters still tend to support Democrats on a statewide basis; Democratic legislative candidates received more than 18,000 more votes than Republicans in 2016. The state legislature is disproportionately Republican, however, because of gerrymandering in the 2011 redistricting process. Donald Trump won Michigan by three-tenths of one percent in 2016, marking the first time since 1988 that a Republican candidate captured the state.

 

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