Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was elected Michigan’s next governor by a margin of 50 percent to Schuette’s 47 percent, when the Associated Press called the race with 22 percent of precincts reporting around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Her victory ends eight years of Republican control.
The 47-year-old Whitmer of East Lansing was a state lawmaker for 14 years — always in the minority — and later served as Ingham County’s interim prosecutor.
Whitmer campaigned on health care, infrastructure and reducing taxes for working families and became well known for her promise to “fix the damn roads.”
She previously told the Jewish News, “I want to set an agenda that fixes problems, and we need to bring everyone to the table to be successful.”