Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is too early to call in battleground Michigan, with many votes uncounted. So are the state’s Senate contest and several closely watched House races. Detroit, Michigan’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold, is not expected to finish counting until Wednesday night. Turnout was high. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says at least 3.2 million absentee ballots were returned — a record — and she projects an additional 2 million to 2.5 million were cast in person. The total would surpass the high of 5 million votes in 2008.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Senate race between incumbent Democrat Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James was too early to call Wednesday morning, with many votes still uncounted. The contest may shape which party controls the Senate, where the GOP now has the majority. James is aiming to be the first Michigan Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in a quarter-century. Peters is seeking a second term. He’s a former congressman, state senator, lottery commissioner and investment adviser. James runs his family’s automotive logistics business and flew helicopters during combat missions in Iraq.
UNDATED (AP) — Voters in Michigan made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction. That’s according to AP VoteCast, a survey of the American electorate from The Associated Press. The poll found the coronavirus pandemic was top of mind for voters, with 2 in 5 calling it the most important issue facing the nation.
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of local health officials in western Michigan in a dispute with a school over masks and a coronavirus infection. Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville sued to stop the Ottawa County health department from closing the school. But federal Judge Paul Maloney declined to upset the agency’s orders. The health department said Libertas refused to make masks mandatory and had failed to supply information about a virus case involving a teacher. The judge says Ottawa County has established that such measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus.