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Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters wins reelection
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters has won reelection, defeating Republican challenger John James in a tight race. The 61-year-old Peters continued Democrats’ dominance of Senate elections in the battleground presidential state. Republicans have won just once there since the 1970s, despite having spent heavily to try to unseat Peters in one of their few pickup opportunities. Peters is a former congressman, state lawmaker, lottery commissioner and investment adviser who served in the Navy Reserve. He ran by emphasizing his bipartisan work, his ranking as one of the most effective senators and James’ support for President Donald Trump.
ELECTION 2020-HOUSE 3-MICHIGAN
Republican Peter Meijer wins Amash’s House seat in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Peter Meijer has won the House seat left open in western Michigan after Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash decided not to seek reelection. Meijer, of Grand Rapids, beat Democrat Hillary Scholten. Meijer is a 32-year-old veteran who served in Iraq and later led humanitarian missions in urban redevelopment and real estate. His family founded the Meijer chain of stores. Democrats who targeted the seat saw an opportunity to flip it with the departure of Amash, a former Republican who supported the impeachment of President Donald Trump. It has long been a GOP-leaning district but became more competitive this cycle.
EXPLAINING ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN
EXPLAINER: Why AP called Michigan for Biden
Democrat Joe Biden has won the electoral battleground of Michigan. It’s the third state President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the former vice president has flipped, narrowing Trump’s path to reelection. The Associated Press declared Biden the winner of the state at 5:56 p.m. EST Wednesday after conducting an analysis of votes and remaining ballots left to be counted. It showed there were not enough votes left in Republican-leaning areas for Trump to catch Biden’s lead. Biden had a 70,000-vote lead on Wednesday evening, a margin over Trump of about 1.3 percentage points.
ELECTION 2020-LEGAL CHALLENGES
Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden inches closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump’s campaign has put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks. The GOP campaign is attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat. Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president’s campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. The new filings join existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, and demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raise absentee ballot concerns.
Biden wins Michigan, nears 270 electoral votes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden has carried Michigan and its 16 electoral votes, further dismantling Donald Trump’s Rust Belt wall of support that helped deliver him the presidency four years ago. The flip from red back to blue was a huge blow to Trump, whose victories in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 2016 sent him to the White House. Biden also carried Wisconsin. Biden’s victory in Michigan pushes him to 264 Electoral College votes, six short of the 270 needed to win the White House. Trump is at 214 electoral votes.
ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT
McCormack, Welch claim victory in Supreme Court race
DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Party nominees will be in the majority at the Michigan Supreme Court for the first time since 2010. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack coasted to reelection, while newcomer Elizabeth Welch was finishing behind her in the race for two seats. McCormack had 32% of the vote, followed by Welch at roughly 20%. Republican nominees Mary Kelly and Brock Swartzle were running third and fourth. McCormack and Welch ran as a team, appearing in TV ads and on billboards. Supreme Court candidates don’t have party designations next to their name, but McCormack had the advantage of being listed as a current justice.
Jittery public awaits news as presidency remains in flux
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With a bitterly divided America failing to deliver a decisive result for either party, a jittery public is awaiting clarity over the results of a presidential election that remained too early to call. Across the country, sleep-deprived voters kept TV screens tuned to newscasts while refreshing maps checkered with blue and red that delivered no clear answers. Votes continued to be counted across the country and will be for days to come as both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden remain short of the necessary 270 electoral votes to win.
Republicans retain power in states despite Democratic push
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats spent millions of dollars to wage an intense campaign for control of state capitols. When it’s all said and done, the composition of state legislatures and governors’ offices will look a lot like it did before Tuesday’s elections. Democrats failed in many of their top-targeted states to flip control of legislative chambers. Republicans, meanwhile, picked up the Montana governorship and appeared to gain the New Hampshire legislative chambers. The National Conference of State Legislatures says it turned out to be a status quo election. That means Republicans generally will continue to hold greater power over redistricting and to enact conservative economic and social policies.
AP VoteCast: Michigan voters sour on state of nation
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.
ELECTION 2020-TRAVELING TREASURER
Voters reelect treasurer who’s been living in Alaska
PINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A township treasurer running unopposed in western Michigan has been reelected, weeks after she suddenly departed for Alaska. Rachel Pitcher, a Republican, got more than 600 votes Tuesday in Montcalm County’s Pine Township, easily defeating a write-in candidate. She’s paid $11,500 per year. On Sept. 26, Pitcher said on Facebook that she had moved to Alaska. Pitcher later told The Daily News in Greenville that she would return in a few weeks. She apparently hasn’t. Pitcher’s absence has frustrated residents. Some said their September property tax checks weren’t promptly cashed and they were charged with late fees.