The Latest: Michigan Democrat Stabenow wins 4th Senate term

Published 11-07-2018

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DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on the midterm election in Michigan (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has a fourth term in the Senate, defeating Republican challenger John James.

Stabenow campaigned as a pragmatic lawmaker who forges bipartisan agreement despite the partisan rancor in Washington. She cited her work shaping farm legislation and pushing a new law that allows pharmacists to tell consumers when they can save on prescriptions by paying cash instead of using insurance.

The 68-year-old Stabenow, of Lansing, criticized Trump's attempt to slash federal funding for the Great Lakes. She said James would have been an unabashed enthusiast of President Donald Trump with no governing experience.

Trump won Michigan in 2016 and called James, a black combat veteran and business executive, "a star" candidate.

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11:10 p.m.

Republican Rep. Jack Bergman has been re-elected to the House, defeating fellow retired Marine Corps officer Democrat Matthew Morgan in their northern Michigan race.

Bergman won a second House term by dispatching Morgan in Tuesday's 1st District race. The mostly rural district covers all of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a good chunk of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Bergman is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and businessman who touted his lack of political experience when he firs

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11:10 p.m.

Republican Rep. Jack Bergman has been re-elected to the House, defeating fellow retired Marine Corps officer Democrat Matthew Morgan in their northern Michigan race.

Bergman won a second House term by dispatching Morgan in Tuesday's 1st District race. The mostly rural district covers all of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a good chunk of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Bergman is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and businessman who touted his lack of political experience when he first ran in 2016.

The region had been in Democratic hands for about two decades until the tea party rise and Republican-led redistricting after the 2010 election. Michigan Democrats saw it as a longshot for the party to flip.

Morgan got on the ballot following a successful write-in campaign in the August primary.

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10:20 p.m.

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Republican Rep. Jack Bergman has been re-elected to the House, defeating fellow retired Marine Corps officer Democrat Matthew Morgan in their northern Michigan race.

Bergman won a second House term by dispatching Morgan in Tuesday's 1st District race. The mostly rural district covers all of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a good chunk of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Bergman is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and businessman who touted his lack of political experience when he first ran in 2016.

The region had been in Democratic hands for about two decades until the tea party rise and Republican-led redistricting after the 2010 election. Michigan Democrats saw it as a longshot for the party to flip.

Morgan got on the ballot following a successful write-in campaign in the August primary.

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10:20 p.m.

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democrat who ran for the House in Minnesota, will join Tlaib in Congress. They are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress. He was running Tuesday to be Minnesota attorney general.

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10 p.m.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the race for Michigan governor, defeating Bill Schuette and upending years of Republican control in the state.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

She ran on a platform of fixing problems such as deteriorating roads and aging drinking water infrastructure. She also emphasized her past vote to expand Medicaid to more than 600,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law.

The 47-year-old Whitmer, of East Lansing, will become Michigan's second female governor when she takes office.

The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state's gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 - but not by the moderate Snyder.

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11:40 a.m.

Utility crews in Michigan are working to keep polling places running as high winds bring scattered power outages to the state.

DTE Energy spokeswoman RoNeisha Mullen says six polling places in southeastern Michigan lost electrical service Tuesday morning, but power was restored on average within 45 minutes.

She says affected polling places were mostly in suburban Detroit, including three in Highland Township, one in Canton Township and one in Grosse Pointe Park. She says a precinct in Ypsilanti also was affected.

Mullen says just over 5,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning. The potential for power outages had been expected and Detroit-based DTE said Monday that it mobilized employees to ensure polling places get quick attention.

Mullen says DTE also is in touch with city and county clerks.

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9:40 a.m.

Michigan voters are choosing the next governor to succeed Republican Rick Snyder and deciding if Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow should get a fourth term after hard-fought, expensive campaigns.

Mayla Lloyd, a 68-year-old retired maintenance supervisor from Lansing, says she voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and Stabenow because "we need change" and leaders who will stand for the "good of all people." She says she always votes, but her displeasure with President Donald Trump motivated her to urge others to vote.

Others backing Whitmer in Tuesday's election cite her pledge to fix the roads.

But Jeff Burden, a 38-year-old writer from Westland, says he voted for Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor because of his record, specifically how he investigated Flint's water crisis and Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. He calls Republican Senate candidate John James, an Iraq War veteran and businessman, the "perfect guy" for any elective office.

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7:10 a.m.

Polls are now open in most of Michigan where Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party's hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term in Tuesday's election against Iraq War veteran John James. Gretchen Whitmer is pledging to fix the state's rickety roads and reverse a retirement tax if she's elected governor, while her opponent, Bill Schuette, hopes a solid economy will convince voters to stick with a Republican. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder couldn't run because of term limits.

Democrats also hope to cut into the state's GOP dominance in its U.S. House delegation, with women making strong challenges in at least two seats now held by Republicans.

There also are three statewide ballot questions, including whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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11:45 p.m.

Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party's hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates in Tuesday's election.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term against Iraq War veteran John James. Gretchen Whitmer is pledging to fix the state's rickety roads and reverse a retirement tax if she's elected governor, while her opponent, Bill Schuette, hopes a solid economy will convince voters to stick with a Republican. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder couldn't run because of term limits.

Democrats also hope to cut into the state's GOP dominance in its U.S. House delegation, with women making strong challenges in at least two seats now held by Republicans.

There also are three statewide ballot questions, including whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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