Schuette and Whitmer - both veteran officeholders - easily bested their opponents in Tuesday's primary to set up their head-to-head race to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who reached his term limit.
"They come to the race and will tell us, 'We really believe in electing women because women will be more civil and get more done in Washington, '" Slotkin said. Party activists will choose attorney general and secretary of state nominees at a convention in late August, and Schuette said Wednesday his running mate will be a woman. "We need a governor who knows how to get things done, who's ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work". "I am proud of our state".
There was also a key election for a House seat in OH, in which president Donald Trump claimed victory.
After polling closed in the four states, women broke records for gubernatorial and House nominations, according to the BBC. His chosen candidates win Republican primaries.
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In recent days Whitmer had leaned in to her front-runner status, refusing to mention her primary opponents on the campaign trail and admonishing campaign crowds to not take anything for granted. Slotkin, who has raised more money than Rep. Mike Bishop, said that particularly this year, voters are looking for candidates "who will no longer just kind of check the box on voting the right way" but are asking how they will defend their rights.
On the Democrats' side, Gretchen Whitmer beat out newcomer Abdul El-Sayed.
"The reality is, this is President Trump's Republican party".
"It's not totally predictive, but I think it's a very good sign that we're going to have an engaged, excited Democratic electorate turning out in November", said Dillon, whose party has struggled with turnout in past midterm elections. In suburban Detroit's 11th District, GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein and Democrat Haley Stevens were leading the fields to follow a retiring Republican congressman.
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Libertarian candidates were also on the primary ballot for the first time in MI history.
"I hope to earn your support as we move forward", Schuette said.
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