Women help Democrats take back key offices in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats have seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women who voted.

Gretchen Whitmer’s comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race began a strong night for a female-centric Democratic ticket that also included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who defeated challenger John James.

Jocelyn Benson was leading her race to become the first Democrat to win the secretary of state’s office in 28 years. Dana Nessel was narrowly ahead in her bid to become the first Democrat elected Michigan attorney general in 20 years.