Bernero wins Michigan Dem governor's nod

Fueled by the support of organized labor, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero won the Democratic gubernatorial nod in Michigan Tuesday.

Bernero defeated state House Speaker Andy Dillon (D) 58-42 percent. With 1,599 of 5,732 precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Bernero.

An EPIC-MRA poll released last week by the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV showed Bernero and Dillon were within eight points of each other.
Dillon raised $1.4 million for his bid while Bernero raked in $743,000. But Bernero was also boosted by the support of labor unions, including the Michigan AFL-CIO. Dillon reportedly angered union leaders when he proposed requiring all public employees to join a single, statewide health insurance system.

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