LANSING (WJRT) (11/6/2018) - Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's 49th governor after defeating current Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday.
With nearly half of the precincts reporting, Whitmer had 54 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Schuette, according to ABC News. The Associated Press called the election in her favor.
Whitmer was a former Michigan Senate minority leader during Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration and also served as an interim prosecutor in Ingham County.
Schuette has served as Michigan's attorney general for nearly eight years under Gov. Rick Snyder's administration. He previously served in the Michigan Legislature and Congress.
Whitmer's win flips the Michigan governor's office from Republican control for the past nearly eight years back to the Democrats. She will succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.
Whitmer ran on a platform of fixing problems such as deteriorating roads and aging drinking water infrastructure. She also emphasized her past vote to expand Medicaid to more than 600,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law.
The 47-year-old Whitmer, of East Lansing, will become Michigan's second female governor when she takes office.
The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state's gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 -- but not by the moderate Snyder.