2018 Michigan Election

Here's a roundup of all the Bridge coverage from Michigan's historic 2018 midterm election.

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Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer: Grow workforce by improving education

Jun 19, 2018 | Gretchen Whitmer

Prioritizing early childhood education will help turn Michigan around. It’s time to start, says the Democratic candidate for governor.

Gretchen Whitmer: Grow Michigan by offering debt-free community college

Jul 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democrat pledges better protections for water, stopping Line 5 and investments in schools, roads and infrastructure.

Dana Nessel: To fight for environment, most vulnerable as Attorney General

Oct 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic candidate for Attorney General will go to battle over PFAS pollution and the Line 5 pipeline, and responds to allegations of internal strife in her campaign.

Jocelyn Benson: Fix waits, transparency of Michigan secretary of state

Oct 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The Detroit Democrat says she wants to use technology to ease long lines at branch offices and make Michigan a “model for fair elections and clean elections.”

Gretchen Whitmer: I’ll pay to fix Michigan by ‘closing loopholes’

Oct 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

How will the Democratic gubernatorial candidate fund the $2B+ she promises for schools, childcare and lead pipe replacement? ‘Anticipated growth,’ ‘closing loopholes’ and new money, she says in an interview.

Gretchen Whitmer is winner in Michigan governor race

Nov 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Whitmer, the former Senate minority leader, rolling to victory over Bill Schuette in her race to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

What Gretchen Whitmer promises to do as Michigan’s next governor

Nov 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the damn roads will cost some damn money, and the Democratic winner for Michigan governor must now work with the Legislature to find it. We summarize this and other promises Gretchen Whitmer made in her campaign.

Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.

Nov 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Alexandra Schmidt

Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

Nov 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

Map: See how Gretchen Whitmer rolled to victory in Michigan governor race

Nov 7, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Nine Michigan counties that backed Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 flipped to elect Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as governor, including the biggest swing county Macomb.

One woman’s Facebook post leads to Michigan vote against gerrymandering

Nov 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.

Phil Power | Reflections on a rainy Michigan Election Day

Nov 8, 2018 | Phil Power

As political parties crouch behind competing notions of white identity politics and a celebration of diversity, how will America manage the inevitable shift in national demographics?

Five takeaways from Michigan’s 2018 midterm election

Nov 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

A blue wave (and pink), polling got it right and Michigan faces a divided Capitol in January. Experts discuss the major implications of Tuesday’s election results.

Gerrymandered districts help Republicans keep control of Michigan Legislature

Nov 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Michigan Democrats win big in statewide balloting Tuesday. But district lines drawn in 2011 helped the GOP maintain majorities in state House and Senate.

Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel vowed to shut Line 5. Now’s their chance

Nov 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Halting Enbridge Energy’s oil pumping beneath the Straits of Mackinac was key promise in the Democratic campaigns of Michigan’s next governor and attorney general. Can they deliver?

Suburban women lead charge into Michigan Legislature

Nov 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

From Metro Detroit to Lansing and Grand Rapids, women picked up more than a dozen legislative seats, altering the makeup of the Michigan House and Senate

Proposal to end gerrymandering resonated in red and blue Michigan

Nov 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan's Proposal 2, a ballot measure to take the drawing of legislative lines out of politicians’ hands in an effort to end gerrymandering was supported by voters across the state, from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones as well.

You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

Nov 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The home counties of some of the Michigan's biggest universities gave a big thumbs up to Proposal 1, legalizing recreational marijuana.