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Whitmer also went after Bill Schuette and the eight years MI has spent with a Republican governor in office.

At the time of reporting with 77 of the votes counted, Abdul El-Sayed won 31 percent of the Democrat count, with Gretchen Whitmer on 51 percent, according to Click on Detroit.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette are considered the favorites for governor. At least $23 million was spent airing broadcast TV ads across the state, including almost $17 million on governor's races won by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette.

Voters in MI also decided two other primary races. Schuette - an ally of President Donald Trump - easily defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, conservative state Sen. He pointed to his June poll of likely November voters that showed 57 percent were extremely interested in the election and extremely motivated to vote, but among Democratic women it was 67 percent. He likes Trump but said the president's endorsement did not sway him.

"The reality is, this is President Trump's Republican party".

"She was the most liberal member of the Michigan Legislature". Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who predicted that El-Sayed would defy polling like Sanders did in narrowly upsetting Hillary Clinton in Michigan's 2016 presidential primary.

Throughout her campaign, Whitmer has argued that she's a progressive with a track record.

Ocasio-Cortez said that she and Ing had similar life experiences even though they grew up worlds apart because they both lost their fathers when they were young and had to work multiple jobs to help their families make ends meet.

"It's not totally predictive, but I think it's a very good sign that we're going to have an engaged, excited Democratic electorate turning out in November", said Dillon, whose party has struggled with turnout in past midterm elections.

More than five thousand people voted Libertarian, with candidate Bill Gelineau taking the nomination.

"We are protesting against Vice President Pence because we do not agree with some of the things he agrees with", says one protester.