Okay, so yesterday was a big doozy as millions of Americans headed to the polls to vote on the future of our government. There’s a lot to unpack, so I will do my best to give you the major stories.
The governor’s office has officially turned blue, as democrat Gretchen Whitmer easily defeated GOP candidate Bill Schuette with 52% of the vote. Meanwhile, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) reclaimed her senate seat, beating GOP candidate John James with 51% of the vote.
Dana Nessel (D) narrowly beat republican Tom Leonard for Attorney General, with a little over 48% of the vote. Democrat Jocelyn Benson defeated GOP’s Mary Lang in the Secretary of State race, and incumbent Elizabeth Clement is in the lead in the race to fill one of two seats in the State Supreme Court, with newcomer Megan Cavanaugh not too far behind at press time.
As far as the proposals are concerned, all three of the big state proposals passed. Proposal 1, legalizing recreational marijuana for citizens 21 years or older, passed with 55% of the votes. Proposal 2, to end gerrymandering, passed with 61%. Finally, Proposal 3 passed with 66%, clearing the way for automatic voter registration and expanding the voter registration deadline all the way to Election Day.
As expected, the GOP regained control of the Senate with 51 seats. However, the Democrats did get a major victory by regaining control of the House of Representives, with 219 seats filled at press time. This could prove to be a major game-changer for Washington, as the Democrats now have to power to check the Trump Administration on his tax returns, possible collusion with Russia, and more. Let’s just say, Trump may have a very rough time for the next couple of years. Only time will tell.