One Senate seat is up for election in Michigan, held by a Democratic incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for 14 House seats, four of which are held by Democrats and nine by Republicans. (One seat is vacant, most recently held by a Democrat). And they will select a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Michigan’s primary results.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) is running for a fourth term in a state that Donald Trump carried narrowly in 2016. Stabenow’s race has garnered less attention than those of other red-state Democrats, and most analysts expect that she will win. Businessman and Iraq War veteran John James won a tough Republican primary with an endorsement from Trump in the closing weeks of the campaign.
How the vote has swung from 2016, so far
Margin in the 2018 Senate race for counties that went for Clinton or Trump in the 2016 general election, and the number of precincts reporting in those counties overall.
For counties with at least 10% of precincts reporting, this is how far the vote in the Senate race has shifted towards Democrats or Republicans, compared to 2016.
Former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) defeated Abdul El-Sayed in the primary, by an unexpectedly large margin. She faces state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is vying to hold the office for the GOP. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is term-limited.
Going into this election, Michigan had 4 Democratic representatives and 9 Republican representatives, with 1 seat currently open. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Trump won this district by 6.7 points and Mike Bishop (R) won by 16.9.
Democrat Elissa Slotkin — who did three tours in Iraq and spent 14 years working at the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon — said she decided to challenge Rep. Mike Bishop (R) after he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Bishop is seeking a third term in the House
In 2016, Trump won this district by 4.4 points and Dave Trott (R) won by 12.8.
Haley Stevens, a Democrat who worked in the Obama administration, and Lena Epstein, a Republican who co-chaired Donald Trump's Michigan campaign, are vying to replace Rep. Dave Trott (R) in this suburban district.
In this edition: The voting wars of 2018 are rolling into the voting wars of 2020, as both parties prepare to play hardball from their differing camps. And as Republicans wash into the sea in Orange County, focus turns to 2020 states like New Hampshire, where a new landscape awaits the 2020 candidates. Meantime, another threat to Democratic unity?