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August 2018 update: Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic primary for Michigan governor
August 2018 update: Bill Schuette wins Republican nod for Michigan governor
The big guns competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations for governor have officially filed for the coming election battle.
One anticipated Democratic candidate will not appear on August’s primary ballot, however. And Libertarians will face their first primary challenge in state history.
Tuesday was the state’s filing deadline for candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, state House and Senate, and judges.The Republican ticket includes all four GOP candidates who have been actively campaigning this spring – Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Saginaw physician Jim Hines.
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- Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic primary | Bill Schuette wins Republican nod
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Three other Republicans – Joseph Thomas DeRose, Earl Lackie and Evan Space – who formed committees to run for governor, did not submit signatures to appear on the August primary ballot. (Candidates for governor must collect at least 15,000 valid signatures from registered Michigan voters.)
Former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs, who had appeared at Democratic debates throughout the winter and spring, did not file to appear on the August primary ballot. He told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that he planned to run as a write-in candidate because of potential problems with his signatures.
For the first time in state history, the Libertarian Party will have a primary challenge, between Bill Gelineau, a businessman, and John Tatar, a military veteran and former teacher, according to Secretary of State records and candidate websites. Previously, the party has nominated its candidate for governor at a party convention, Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said.
What happens now: State elections staff will review the petitions to ensure candidates submitted enough valid signatures.
Candidates running as independents have until July 19 to file at least 30,000 valid signatures with the state, while candidates from other parties are nominated at their respective parties’ conventions this summer. Write-in candidates seeking to run as Republicans, Democrats or Libertarians have until July 27 to declare their intent with the state.
Top Michigan Truth Squad stories on Michigan governor candidates:
- Truth Squad: Abdul El-Sayed says rival Gretchen Whitmer opens door to ‘dark money’
- Michigan Truth Squad | Brian Calley misses on Bill Schuette off-duty swipe
- Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer says El-Sayed takes money from corporate execs
- Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s ‘push’ for 1,000 new Michigan cops
- Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says she’s fought two governors on school aid
- Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says school aid money only meant for K-12
- Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer depicts Michigan teachers in poverty
- Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette talks tough on Line 5 pipeline
- Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s record on pollution under fire
- Truth Squad | Bill Schuette says Michigan is ‘last’ in third-grade reading
- Truth Squad: Koch brothers group attacks Gretchen Whitmer’s tax votes
- Truth Squad: Shri Thanedar deflects blame for dire stories on lab animals
- Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley says Bill Schuette once supported abortion
- Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s stand on transparent government
- Truth Squad: Calley PAC goes on attack, misfires on ‘Shady Schuette’ ad
- Truth Squad: Brian Calley unjustly claims credit for Michigan recovery.
- Truth Squad: Schuette says Calley ‘failed’ Michigan, deserted GOP and Trump
- Truth Squad: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes high road in endorsing Calley
- Truth Squad: Questioning Gretchen Whitmer’s gun control record in Michigan
- Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s claims on college affordability
- Michigan Truth Squad: Schuette says tax hikes put family dreams at risk
- Michigan Truth Squad: Thanedar vows to stop for-profit charters, DeVos
- Michigan Truth Squad: Patrick Colbeck ties Right to Work to 500,000 jobs
- Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley’s claims on state’s economic gains
- Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s track record as attorney general
Full text and video of Michigan governor candidate interviews from July 2018:
- Brian Calley: What Michigan could learn from ‘Pissed Off Autism Moms’
- Patrick Colbeck: Eliminate income taxes to expand Michigan’s economy, population
- Jim Hines: Michigan school problems can’t be solved with money alone
- Bill Schuette: Michigan must fix education, lower taxes and car insurance
- Abdul El-Sayed: Expand health care, access to education in Michigan
- Shri Thanedar: Fix Michigan schools by taxing rich, reforming prisons
- Gretchen Whitmer: Grow Michigan by offering debt-free community college