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.