The results are in for Michigan's Primary Elections. More than 2 million votes were cast yesterday, ensuring this primary broke the state record for voter turnout in an August Primary.
Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won their respective primaries and will face off for Governor during the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
In the U.S. Senate Race, candidate John James defeated Sandy Pensler, 54.7% to 45.3% in the Republican Primary. John James will square off against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November.
In the State Senate some interesting highlights include Representative Curt Vanderwall of Ludington winning a hotly contested 3-way Republican Primary for Michigan’s 35th State Senate District. Former State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, the former House Energy Committee Chair, won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 26th State Senate District and former State Representative Rick Outman of Six Lakes won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 33rd State Senate District. All three of these candidates are in important oil patch areas and have been strong supporters of our industry.
On the State House side incumbent Republican Michele Hoitenga of Manton won her primary for Michigan’s 102nd State House District. Hoitenga is a MOGA friend and member, with her family business being in the oil and gas industry. Candidates we will be getting to know include Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 101st State House District that Rep. Curt Vanderwall currently represents and Matt Hall of Marshall, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 63rd State House District who defeated incumbent Rep. David Maturen. John Cherry Jr. of Flint, son of former Lt. Governor John Cherry, will be the Democratic candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 49th State House District.
MOGA is monitoring races and supporters on both sides of the aisle. One of the key factors in determining success this November will be voter turnout. It is essential we get to know the candidates and help them recognize the importance of Michigan’s oil and gas industry in their community. Candidates will be holding events throughout their districts leading up to the November elections. Stay tuned for more information on candidate events in your community from MOGA and please do not hesitate to reach out if you’d like help connecting with candidates on the issues that matter to you.
Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry’s Economic Contribution Study is a great piece to share with candidates on both sides of the aisle.
Michigan State House and State Senate Primary results for all 38 State Senate and 110 State House Districts are detailed online, Click Here for Michigan's State House and Senate Primary Results
(Graphic Courtesy of Politico Elections) *Note. Vote totals will continue to increase as more precincts report.