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) SandersHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (I-Vt.)

Meanwhile, incumbent Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowChris Evans talks NATO, Marvel secrets on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care: Senators grill drug execs over high prices | Progressive Dems unveil Medicare for all bill | House Dems to subpoena Trump officials over family separations Senators grill drug execs over high prices 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 ConyersOvernight Health Care: Pelosi asks how to pay for single-payer | Liberal groups want Dems to go bigger on drug prices | Surprise medical bill legislation could come soon Key Dem chairman voices skepticism on 'Medicare for all' bill Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill 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.