Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms

Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms
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Michigan voters will see the state’s first all-female ticket in November after women won primary elections in two key races on Tuesday.

Gretchen Whitmer, a former state House minority leader, secured the Democratic nomination for governor and will face Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) in the race to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder (R).

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Whitmer solidly defeated businessman Shri Thanedar and progressive candidate Abdul El-Sayed, who had the backing of national progressives like Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.)

Meanwhile, incumbent Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress prepares to punt biggest political battles until after midterms Trump attacks Dems on farm bill Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security MORE (D) will also be on the ballot in November after an uncontested primary.

The Michigan Democratic Party also selected two female nominees for statewide office at their convention in April — attorney Dana Nessel is the party’s choice for attorney general, and law professor Jocelyn Benson is the nominee for secretary of state.

It is still possible that Whitmer chooses a male running mate for lieutenant governor.

Female candidates also had victories in several other national and state primaries.

And former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination to replace longtime Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Congressional Ethics committees are the wrong place to settle harassment and discrimination claims Conservative activist disrupts campaign event for Muslim candidates MORE Jr. (D), who resigned over allegations of sexual harassment. Tlaib will become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Voters nationwide have seen record numbers of female candidates, particularly in the Democratic Party, in what experts have said is a response to Donald Trump's presidency.