DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Voters turned out in droves Tuesday, making their voices heard across the metro Detroit area.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Michigan elected a Republican president, voting Donald Trump into the White House instead of Democrat Hillary Clinton, by a margin on .28 percent.
Voters also narrowly defeated the Regional Transit Authority proposal, which would have raised taxes by 1.2 mills over the next 20 years.
Republicans have retained their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives. The GOP has controlled the chamber’s agenda for nearly six years. Republicans currently lead the 110-member House and also control the Senate, which was not up for election this year. Democrats needed to pick up nine seats in Tuesday’s election to win the majority.
The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Michigan:
• In Oakland County, voters re-elected County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, Sheriff Micheal Bouchard, County Clerk Lisa Brown, Treasurer Andy Meisner and Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash. Victoria Valentine was elected as a new Circuit Court Judge. All local ballot proposals in Oakland County were also approved by voters.
• In Wayne County, Prosecutor Kym Worthy easily won re-election, with other county offices being uncontested. Detroit Proposal B was approved; Proposal A was defeated. For the Detroit School Board, Lammar Lemmons, Georgia Lemmons, Angelique Peterson Maybury and Sonya Mays were elected. All local ballot proposals in Wayne County were also approved by voters.
• In Macomb County, voters elected former congresswoman Candice Miller to unseat Anthony Morocco as Public Works Commissioner. Republican Larry Rocca was elected the new county treasurer and Karen Spranger was elected County Clerk. Voters re-elected two Democratic incumbants, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham and Prosecutor Eric Smith. All local ballot proposals in Macomb County were also approved by voters.
• Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen won a partial term on the state’s highest court. Larsen defeated Wayne County Judge Deborah Thomas and lawyer Kerry Morgan. She was appointed to the court in 2015 and now will serve the two years remaining in the term of a justice who resigned.
• Justice David Viviano won a full eight-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court. Viviano defeated Wayne County Judge Frank Szymanski and lawyer Doug Dern. Viviano was appointed to Michigan’s highest court in 2013 and won a partial two-year term a year later. He was a Macomb County judge when Gov. Rick Snyder picked him for a vacancy.
• U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg won a fifth term in Congress, beating Democratic state lawmaker Gretchen Driskell and Libertarian Ken Doctor in southern Michigan’s 7th District. The 65-year-old Republican from Tipton was first was elected to Congress in 2006, but lost in 2008 to Democrat Mark Schauer. He defeated Schauer, who ran for governor two years ago, in 2010 to regain the seat and has not lost since.
• GOP incumbent Mike Bishop defeated Democratic newcomer Suzanna Shkreli for a U.S. House seat that stretches from mid-to-southeastern Michigan. Bishop beat the 29-year-old Macomb County assistant prosecutor, who replaced TV actress Melissa Gilbert in the race. Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie,” withdrew in May, and Democratic leaders chose Shkreli for the GOP-leaning district candidacy. Libertarian Jeff Wood, the Green Party’s Maria Green and the Natural Law Party’s Jeremy Burgess also ran for the seat.
• Republican political newcomer Jack Bergman defeated Democrat Lon Johnson for the open U.S. House seat in northern Michigan. The retired Marine Corps lieutenant general keeps the rural 1st District seat for Republicans. Third-term GOP Rep. Dan Benishek did not seek re-election.
• Democrat Dan Kildee of Michigan won a third U.S. House term, defeating Republican challenger Allen Hardwick. The 58-year-old Flint Township resident was first elected four years ago in Michigan’s 5th District to succeed his uncle, Dale Kildee, who served in Congress for 36 years. Libertarian Steve Sluka and the Green Party’s Harley Mikkelson also were on the ballot.
• Republican David Trott was re-elected to a second consecutive term in a Detroit-area U.S. House seat. Trott beat Democratic surgeon Dr. Anil Kumar, Libertarian Jonathan Ray Osment and Independent Kerry Bentivolio on Tuesday for the GOP-leaning 11th District seat.
• Democrat Debbie Dingell was re-elected to a second term in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. She defeated Republican Jeff Jones, Libertarian Tom Bagwell, Green Party candidate Dylan Calewarts and Working Class candidate Gary Walkowicz.
• Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga will serve a fourth term representing his western Michigan district in Congress. Huizenga won re-election Tuesday over Democrat Dennis Murphy in the 2nd District, which is the most Republican-leaning of the state’s 14 congressional seats.
• Republican businessman Paul Mitchell won a seat in Congress 18 months after helping to defeat a statewide tax proposal to fix Michigan’s roads. Mitchell defeated Democrat Frank Accavitti Jr. and two other candidates for the open 10th District seat, which represents the state’s Thumb region. Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller didn’t seek re-election after 14 years.
• Republican John Molenaar of Michigan won re-election to a second term in the U.S. House. Moolenaar defeated Democrat Debra Wirth and three other candidates in the heavily Republican 4th District, which crosses the rural midsection of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
• Republican U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan won a fourth term in Michigan’s 3rd District. Amash defeated little-known Democrat Douglas Smith in the district, which includes the cities of Grand Rapids and Battle Creek and their suburbs.
• Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton won a 16th term in Congress. The 63-year-old Republican from St. Joseph defeated Democrat Paul Clements and Libertarian Lorence Wenke to keep his 6th District seat. Upton has been in the House since 1987, and is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad oversight of the American economy, including cars, health care and federal agencies.
• Professional wrestler Rhyno lost his longshot bid for a seat in the Michigan Legislature. Democrat Abdullah Hammoud, a 26-year-old health care consultant, beat Dearborn Republican Terrance Guido Gerin in Tuesday’s election for an open House district. The 41-year-old Gerin, who prefers the name “Rhyno,” currently appears on World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Smackdown Live.”
• U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress, earned another term in his 13th District seat. The 87-year-old Detroit Democrat won his 27th term on Tuesday, defeating Republican Jeff Gorman, Libertarian Tiffany Hayden and Working Class candidate Sam Johnson. Conyers has served in Congress since 1965. He had represented the 14th District for years and moved over to the 13th District, which covers parts of Detroit and Wayne County, after Republicans redrew boundaries in 2011.
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Sander Levin rolled to an 18th term in Congress. The 85-year-old Levin defeated Republican Christopher Morse in the Detroit-area 9th District on Tuesday. Levin was first elected in 1982 and has collected 60 percent or more of the vote since 2000. Levin, known as “Sandy,” is the brother of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.
• Incumbent Democrat Brenda Lawrence was elected to a second term in Congress. The 61-year-old Lawrence of Southfield defeated Republican Dr. Howard Klausner, Libertarian Gregory Creswell and Green Party candidate Marcia Squier in Tuesday’s general election for the 14th District seat.
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