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) SandersTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs Overnight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour MORE (I-Vt.)

Meanwhile, incumbent Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Dems raise concerns about shutdown's impact on assistance to taxpayers Durbin signals he will run for reelection Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee 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 ConyersHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Dem chairwoman plans hearing on Medicare for all proposals Brenda Jones sworn into House for final weeks of 2018 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.