Attorney General Bill Schuette and former state senator Gretchen Whitmer will go head to head this November for the chance to be Michigan’s next governor.
Although the governor’s race was called by 10 p.m., the results from senate and congressional races took a while because record voter turnout for a primary — perhaps as high as 70 or 80 percent — caused communities across Oakland County to run out of ballots. Many voters in communities such as Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Berkley, Hazel Park, Troy, Pontiac and Royal Oak had to wait until more ballots were delivered to cast their votes. No voters who were in line by 8 p.m. were turned away according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections. Nevertheless, some races in Oakland County were not officially decided as of 12:30 a.m.
Incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be facing President Trump’s pick for the Republican nominee, John James, a business executive and veteran who beat Jewish candidate Sandy Pensler, a Yale and Harvard economist.
Perhaps voter turnout ran high due to the many Congressional seats up for grabs this year, including the seats of long-time Rep. John Conyers, who resigned earlier this year, and Rep. Sander Levin and Rep. Dave Trott, who are both retiring.
Sander Levin has been serving in the House since 1983; and with 70 percent of the vote counted, it appears his son, Andy Levin, has a chance to keep the seat representing the 9th District if he can beat Republican Candius Stearns in November. Andy Levin, who is Jewish, edged out Ellen Lipton, a former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from Huntington Woods, who is also Jewish.
Another Jewish politician, Democrat Elissa Slotkin, former acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under the Obama administration, won her race. She will go up against incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th District.
In Michigan’s 11th District, early results point to Democrat Haley Stevens facing off against Republican Lena Epstein, Jewish businesswoman and former chair of the Trump campaign in Michigan.
In the 13th District, which Conyers represented since 1965, Democrat Rashida Tlaib was leading in early results.
In state races of interest, Jewish Democratic candidates Jeremy Moss won in the Michigan District 11 Senate race and Robert Wittenberg won in Michigan’s District 27 House race. Jewish Republican candidate David Wolkinson won the Michigan District 40 House race.
Watch for stories on these races in the Jewish News in the run-up to the November midterm election.