2010 Michigan gubernatorial election
The Michigan gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm was prohibited by the state's Constitution from seeking a third term; this resulted in a large pool of candidates, whittled down, when the May 11 filing deadline passed, to two Democrats and five Republicans. Both the Cook Political Report and the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report rated the election as leaning Republican; the Republican primary race was competitive. The Democratic front-runner when the 2009 polls were conducted, Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, withdrew from the race in January 2010; the final polls just days before the primary election showed that, while Lansing mayor Virg Bernero was in the lead, over a quarter of those polled were still undecided. The deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for the August 3 state primary was 4:00 PM on May 11, 2010. A total of 1,575,167 registered voters voted in the primaries, with 66.4% of them voting in the Republican primary.
Analysts believe a large portion of Democrats crossed party lines to vote for Snyder, whose ad campaign targeted bipartisan and independent support. In Michigan, voters may vote in either primary regardless of their political affiliation, but can only vote for one party. Ballots with split tickets are not counted in partisan races. Both races came in more disparate. Snyder won with a near 10-point lead over closest rival Pete Hoekstra, Bernero won with an larger 17-point lead over early favorite state house speaker Andy Dillon. Both nominees portrayed themselves as political outsiders. On August 25, Snyder appointed State Representative Brian Calley as his running mate. On August 28, Bernero appointed Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence as his running mate. Snyder won a decisive victory over Bernero in the general election, winning by nearly 20 percentage points. Virg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing Andy Dillon, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Robert Bowman, former Michigan treasurer John D. Cherry, Lieutenant Governor Hansen Clarke, member of the Michigan Senate John Freeman, former member of the Michigan House of Representatives Dan Kildee, former Genesee County Treasurer Alma Wheeler Smith, member of the Michigan House of Representatives Mike Bouchard, Sheriff of Oakland County Mike Cox, Michigan Attorney General Tom George, state senator Pete Hoekstra, U.
S. Representative Rick Snyder, businessman David Kniffen, businessman Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State Tim Rujan, Huron County Commissioner Based on past election performance, the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Green Party of Michigan, the U. S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan have automatic ballot access for the general election, but by state law they must nominate candidates through party conventions rather than primary elections; the Natural Law Party has automatic ballot access in Michigan, but chose not to run a candidate for governor in 2010. The Libertarian Party of Michigan nominee was Kenneth Proctor; the nomination was won at the Michigan Libertarian Convention held in Okemos, Michigan on Saturday, May 22, in accordance with Michigan state law. He beat out Bhagwan Dashairya, the 2006 U. S. Taxpayers Party nominee for governor; the delegates ended up selecting Dashairya as the Libertarian nominee for U. S. Congress in District 8. Proctor's running mate was Dr. Erwin Maryland of Grand Rapids.
Haas received the Lt. Governor nomination unanimously; the Green Party of Michigan held their statewide nominating convention July 31 and August 1 in Lansing and nominated Harley Mikkelson for governor and Lynn Meadows for lieutenant governor. The 2010 U. S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan convention was held on June 26 in Michigan. In a nearly unanimous vote, Stacey Mathia and Chris Levels were formally nominated as candidates of the U. S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor. According to Stacey Mathia's official press release, "The Convention applauded Mathia's agenda to institute Law-Abiding Constitutional Government and State Sovereignty in order to free the People of Michigan from the political oppression of big government operating outside of its authority."The press release stated, "Chris Levels, is well known as a radio talk show host on WSNL in the Flint, Michigan area. His last minute nomination speech will be available on Mathia's website; the USTPM Convention gave him a standing applause."
On August 12, it was reported. The first debate would be sponsored by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids; the second debate would be held October 7 and be broadcast on 55 radio and TV stations throughout the state. The third debate would be held October 21 and would be sponsored by WXYZ-TV, WWJ and Crain's Detroit Business. In early September, Bernero offered Snyder a deal of eight debates. Snyder proposed a counter-offer of three debates. A Detroit Free Press editorial was critical of Snyder for not agreeing to debates. Bernero called Snyder a wimp for not agreeing to debate him. An impromptu debate developed after Bernero crashed a town hall meeting Snyder was hosting in Westland on September 13; the two sides agreed to an hour-long
University of Michigan–Dearborn
The University of Michigan–Dearborn is a public university located in Dearborn, United States. It is one of the two regional campuses of the University of Michigan operating under the policies of the Board of Regents; the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is located 35 miles to the west. Enrolled students have full access to the library systems and sporting events of the main campus, graduates are members of the largest alumni organization of its kind in the world, the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Faculty and students collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity, degrees for all three campuses are conferred by the state elected Board of Regents. Known for its elite engineering and management programs, UM-Dearborn now offers over 90 academic majors, 28 masters degree programs, 3 doctoral degree programs across all disciplines. Both the College of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Business have been designated as some of the best programs in both the nation and region.
A part of the Metro Detroit region, UM-D is known for its community engagement within the city of Detroit, is part of The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The first movement toward what was to become The University of Michigan–Dearborn began with some studies in the middle 1950s of manpower supply conducted by Archie Pearson, director of training for Ford Motor Company. Convinced that serious shortages were looming for the Company in qualified, college-trained engineers and junior administrators, he made discreet inquiries of educational institutions in the Detroit area concerning their willingness to adjust their programs to meet these needs; the announcement on December 17, 1956 of a gift of land and capital development money from the Company to the University made it obvious that the focus of the agreement between the two was the building of an upper-division and master's level campus of the University which would adopt the cooperative work-study requirement as a part of its regular degree program in engineering and business administration.
The University was to provide the regular professional and liberal arts courses necessary to a University of Michigan bachelor's or master's degree, with the co-op work assignments forming an integral addition to the regular academic requirements. UM-Dearborn opened as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan on September 28, 1959; the 1969 report of the Dearborn Campus Planning Study Committee, appointed by University Vice President for State Relations and Planning Arthur Ross to consider the future of the campus, recommended the addition of the first two years to become a full four-year institution and the expansion of non-coop programs. It became at that time a four-year undergraduate institution with a continued commitment to some master's level graduate programs, having a Chancellor as its chief executive officer; the first Chancellor of the UM-Dearborn, Dr. Leonard E. Goodall, was appointed in July, 1971. After that watershed change in 1971, UM-Dearborn grew from just under 1,000 students to over 6,000 in 1979.
During this period there was a scramble just to supply the courses and facilities needed to accommodate the soaring student population. New faculties were added at the rate of 10 to 20 per year, the face of the campus changed as a new set of buildings was planned and constructed to the south of the original four buildings. By April 1981, when the new library building was dedicated, the population center of the campus had shifted to this newly developed area. However, these years of expansion ushered in a period of severe retrenchment, when the debt burden of the new structures coincided with a recession and cuts in state aid to the campus. Dr. William Jenkins, appointed as UM-Dearborn's second Chancellor in 1980, took the helm at the beginning of what may be called the institution's "Years of Consolidation." Several developments in campus organization, administrative personnel, academic offerings have highlighted what might be called the "Years of Redirection," from about the time of the inauguration of Chancellor Blenda Wilson.
At the center of this "redirection" has been a program of strategic planning, initiated in the summer of 1990 and reinforced by planning retreats for the whole campus in the fall terms of 1990, 1991 and 1992. A new campus mission statement arose out of the first retreat which articulates UM-Dearborn's commitment to providing an experience of academic excellence for a diverse body of students from the metropolitan Detroit area, encouraging full community attention to the traditions of free intellectual inquiry, critical thinking and ethical behavior through interactive teaching, research and applied scholarship, service. From the second retreat emerged the principal points of a set of learning goals for undergraduate students. Under Chancellor Little, the campus community reaffirmed its intention to pursue doctoral programming, to explore the possibility of on-campus housing, to review undergraduate programs and to focus attention on diversity; the most recent self-study for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (formerly the No
2008 United States presidential election in Michigan
The 2008 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 4, 2008. It was part of the 2008 United States presidential election which happened throughout all 50 states and D. C.. Voters chose 17 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Michigan was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a 16.5% margin of victory. Early on, the state was targeted as a swing state. However, Obama started to pull away in the polls during the last few months, causing McCain to stop campaigning there. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state; the Great Lakes State has leaned Democratic, as it voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election from 1992 until 2016, when Donald Trump carried the state. In the end, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama won Michigan by a larger-than-expected margin of victory: 57.33% - 40.89%. This is the highest Democratic margin of victory since LBJ in 1964.
Obama won 46 of the 83 counties. 2008 Michigan Democratic primary 2008 Michigan Republican primary There were 16 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day: D. C. Political Report: Democrat Cook Political Report: Leaning Democrat Takeaway: Solid Obama Electoral-vote.com: Strong Democrat Washington Post: Solid Obama Politico: Solid Obama Real Clear Politics: Solid Obama FiveThirtyEight.com: Solid Obama CQ Politics: Safe Democrat New York Times: Solid Democrat CNN: Safe Democrat NPR: Solid Obama MSNBC: Solid Obama Fox News: Democrat Associated Press: Democrat Rasmussen Reports: Safe Democrat Very early on, polling was tight as Obama was having a difficult time getting support from the pessimistic state. Since September 21, Obama swept all the polls taken from the state; the final 3 polls averaged Obama leading 54% to 40%. John McCain raised a total of $4,330,872 in the state. Barack Obama raised $7,299,275. Obama and his interest groups spent $12,995,614.
McCain and his interest group spent $13,332,086. The Democratic ticket visited the state 10 times to McCain's 9 times. Michigan had not supported a Republican for president since 1988, would not do so until 2016. However, the Republicans have attempted to carry the state's 17 electoral votes in the past few elections, the margin of victory has decreased every year from 1996 to 2004; this year Republican presidential nominee John McCain put an early effort into winning Michigan, hoping to convert blue-collar voters disaffected by Obama's unfamiliarity as a liberal African-American from Chicago. Macomb County, a populous blue-collar suburb of Detroit, was a large target. A major problem for the Obama Campaign was the 2008 Michigan Democratic Primary. Obama removed his name from the ballot after state officials moved up the primary in violation of party rules; as a result, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the state with 55%. This led to the McCain campaign focusing on winning Michigan in the general election.
In May 2008, McCain was leading in a Rasmussen poll with 45% to 44%. After the September financial crisis, however, McCain's general campaign fell into trouble. Polls showed Michigan, a state affected by the economy, turning away from McCain. Voters blamed Republicans for the crisis. In early October, with polls showing him falling further behind Obama, McCain pulled out of the state ceding it to Obama; this was publicized, more than contributed to Obama's landslide victory. On Election Day, Barack Obama won by a double-digit margin of 16%; the state was called for Obama as soon as the polls closed. In Wayne County, home to Detroit, Obama piled up a 3-1 margin. Democratic strongholds Washtenaw County, Ingham County and Genesee County gave Obama 65-70% of the vote. Macomb County, which McCain had focused so intensely on, voted Democratic by a comfortable margin of 9%. Oakland County, once a bastion of suburban conservatism, went for Obama by 15 points. Republican support in the state collapsed; this result signified continued evidence of Michigan's Democratic tilt, anchored by the Democratic cities of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint.
A Democrat can lose every other part of Michigan and still cling to victory by running up the votes in the aforementioned cities, as was the case with John Kerry in 2004, but not with Hillary Clinton eight years later. At the same time as Obama swept the state, Democrats made more gains in Michigan. Incumbent Democratic U. S. Senator Carl Levin was reelected with 62.65% of the vote over Republican Jack Hoogendyk's 33.84%. Democrats picked up two U. S. House seats in Michigan in the 7th District and the 9th District, with Mark Schauer and Gary Peters knocking off Tim Walberg and Joe Knollenberg, respectively; this gave Democrats the majority in Michigan's U. S. House delegation. In addition, Democrats picked up nine seats in the Michigan House of Representatives; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Delta County, Clare County, St. Clair County, Benzie County, Lenawee County, Cass County, Iosco County, Alpena County, Gladwin County, Mason County, Menominee County, Ogemaw County, Ontonagon County, Presque Isle County, Schoolcraft County, Gratiot County, Alger County, Arenac County, Kent County, Jackson County, Berrien County, Clinton County, Iron County, Leelanau County, Oceana County voted for the Democratic candidate.
This is the last election in which the Democratic candidate won the Upper Peninsula. Barack Obama won 46 Michigan counties compared to 37 for John
2012 United States presidential election in Michigan
The 2012 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Michigan voters chose 16 electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Michigan was won by Democratic incumbent Barack Obama by a 9.5% margin of victory. Obama received 54.21% of the vote to Romney's 44.71%. It was the sixth presidential election in a row where Michigan voted in favor of the Democratic candidate, with Republicans last carrying the state in 1988, when George H. W. Bush won in Michigan. Candidate Ballot Access: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, US Taxpayers Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Natural LawWrite-In Candidate Access: Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian All of the local polling firms had predicted a close election here, some giving an advantage to Michigander Romney over Obama.
In the end and the National pollsters were correct: Obama defeated Romney by over 9 points in the November 2012 election. Obama dominated populated areas that tend to trend Democratic, while Romney did better in more rural areas. Obama won 5 of 14 congressional districts. Technically the voters of Michigan cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Michigan is allocated 16 electors because it has 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 16 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the plurality of votes in the state is awarded all 16 electoral votes, their chosen electors vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector; the electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 17, 2012, to cast their votes for president and vice president.
The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols; the following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. Cindy Estrada of Whitmore Lake Steve Cook of Lake Odessa Dorothy Johnson of Kincheloe Marge Faville of Muskegon Marion Vanderveen of Grand Rapids Toni Sessoms of Weidman Norwood Jewell of Davison Jess Minks of Buchanan Howard Pizzo of Lansing Joanne Murphy of Brighton Peggy Ciaramitaro of Roseville James Winne of Washington Twp. Walter Sobczak of Novi Jane Ahern of Dearborn Hilliard Hampton of Inkster Edna Bell of Detroit The Democratic Party used a caucus system to determine the proportion of delegates awarded to Democratic candidates; the caucuses took place May 5. They, along with the other 20 unpledged delegates, voted for Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Republican primary took place on February 28, 2012, the same day as the Arizona Republican primary.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won both of these elections. This Michigan election used a semi-open primary system in which each voter made a public declaration at their election site and received the ballot for the appropriate party, rather than the open system used in the past; the state had 7,286,556 registered voters as of February 15, delegates were awarded proportionately. Michigan was given 59 delegates to the Republican national convention, but that number was reduced to 30 as a penalty for bringing the election date forward before March 6 as the GOP rules set; the candidate with the greatest number of votes in each of the 14 congressional districts will receive that district's two delegates. Two additional delegates for Michigan were announced by the media to be given proportionally before the election but after the election the Michigan GOP announced there had been an error in the memo published and that the two delegates will be given to the winner, which sparked accusations of Mitt Romney rigging the results from Rick Santorum's team.
While Romney has close ties to Michigan, where he was born and grew up and his father was the Governor, who once trailed Romney badly in the state, had a clear lead over him in mid February after Santorum won Colorado and Missouri caucuses and primary on February 7. And the competition became a statistical tie between these two candidates before the primary. Since Michigan allows primary voters to declare their affiliation at the time they vote, Santorum campaign paid for robo-calls inviting Democrats to cross over and vote for him. Romney called this tactic "outrageous" and "disgusting" but Santorum defended himself as not doing anything wrong but getting people to vote in an open primary; some Democrats urged their supporters to vote for Santorum in the Republican primary, in hopes of forcing the Republican candidates to use more resources and help make it easier for Barack Obama to win the general e
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Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a Canadian-American politician, educator, political commentator and member of the Democratic Party who served as the Attorney General of Michigan from 1999 to 2003 and as the 47th Governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In January 2017, she became a CNN political contributor. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Granholm moved from Canada to California at age four, she graduated from San Carlos High School and attempted an acting career held a variety of jobs before attending the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, she clerked for Judge Damon Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, became an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1991 and in 1995 she was appointed to the Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Granholm ran for Attorney General of Michigan in 1998 to succeed 37-year Democratic incumbent Frank J. Kelley.
She defeated Republican John Smietanka, the 1994 nominee and former U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, by 52% to 48% and served from 1999 to 2003, she ran for Governor in 2002 to succeed Republican John Engler. She defeated Engler's Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus by 51% to 47% and became Michigan's first female governor on January 1, 2003, she was re-elected to a second term in 2006 against Republican businessman Dick DeVos by a large margin and served until January 1, 2011, when she was term-limited. As Governor, Granholm received praise for her focus on renewable energy and in leading the state's automotive industry through the crisis of 2008–10, she was a member of the presidential transition team for Barack Obama before he assumed office on January 20, 2009. After leaving public office, Granholm took a position at U. C. Berkeley and, with her husband Daniel Mulhern, authored A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Future, released in September 2011, she became host of The War Room with Jennifer Granholm on Current TV.
Additionally, Granholm was a supporter of Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Shirley Alfreda and Victor Ivar Granholm, both bank tellers. Granholm's maternal grandparents came from Newfoundland, her paternal grandmother was an emigrant from Norway and her paternal grandfather, who immigrated to Canada in the 1930s, came from Robertsfors, where his father was the mayor. The former Minister for Enterprise and Energy and former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Maud Olofsson, lives in Robertsfors, when the two met in Sweden, the media revealed that Olofsson's husband is a relative of Granholm. Granholm's family moved to California, she grew up in Anaheim, San Jose, San Carlos. Granholm won the Miss San Carlos beauty pageant; as a young adult she attempted to launch a Hollywood acting career but was unsuccessful and abandoned her efforts at the age of 21. In 1978 she appeared on The Dating Game, held jobs as a tour guide at Universal Studios and in customer service at the Los Angeles Times and was the first female tour guide at Marine World Africa USA in Redwood City, piloting boats with 25 tourists aboard.
In 1980, at the age of 21 years, she became a naturalized U. S. citizen, worked for John B. Anderson's campaign for President of the United States as an Independent in the 1980 election, she enrolled at the University of California, the first person in her family to do so, joining Phi Beta Kappa and graduating in 1984 with a B. A. in Political Science and French. During a year in France, she helped to smuggle clothes and medical supplies to Jewish people in the Soviet Union and became involved in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, she earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard University with honors, in 1987. At Harvard Law School, Granholm served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the leading progressive law journal in the United States. After graduating, Granholm clerked for Judge Damon Keith, a Senior Judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, from 1987 to 1988, she worked for the Michael Dukakis campaign for President in the 1988 election. After working as an attorney in the Wayne County executive office from 1989 to 1991, she became an Assistant U.
S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1991, she helped to prosecute drug dealers, gang members and child pornographers, sued the state and fought against credit card fraud. Of the 154 people she tried, 151 were convicted. In 1995 she was appointed to serve as Corporation Counsel for Wayne County, becoming the youngest person to hold the position, she defended the County against lawsuits, sued the state over road taxes and fought to uphold environmental laws. Thirty-seven year Democratic Attorney General Frank J. Kelley chose not to run for a 10th term in 1998 and Granholm entered the race to succeed him. Unopposed for the Democratic nomination, she faced Republican John Smietanka, the 1994 nominee and former U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, in the general election; the campaign began as a friendly one, with both agreeing that they wanted to expand the Internet Crimes Unit, start neighbourhood-based crime-fighting programmes and continue working as a consumer advocate, as Kelley had done.
However, the race turned bitter in mid-September, when Smietanka ran television ads that called Granholm an "inexperienced" and "dangerous" liberal. He tried to link Granholm to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Geoff
Gretchen Esther Whitmer is an American politician serving as the 49th governor of Michigan since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as a Michigan state representative from 2001 to 2006 and a Michigan state senator from 2006 to 2015. Whitmer won the gubernatorial election on November 6, 2018, defeating Republican nominee Bill Schuette, was sworn into office on January 1, 2019. Gretchen Whitmer was born in 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, as the eldest of three children to Sharon H. "Sherry" Reisig and Richard Whitmer, who were both lawyers. Her father served as head of the state's Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken and was the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan between 1988 and 2006. Whitmer's mother worked as an assistant attorney general under Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley, her parents divorced when she was 10 years old, she and her siblings lived with their mother in Grand Rapids. Her father traveled from his home in Detroit to visit the family at least once a week.
She graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, just outside Grand Rapids. She received a BA in communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and a JD from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998. Whitmer was elected to the State Senate in March 2006 after serving as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006; as a state representative, she served for four years as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. In the Senate she served on the following committees: Government Operations, Health Policy, Legislative Council and the Senate Fiscal Agency Board of Governors; because of term limits, Whitmer could not run for reelection in 2014. On November 5, 2010, Whitmer's Democratic colleagues unanimously chose her to be the Senate Democratic Leader, making her the first woman to lead a party caucus in the Senate. On May 11, 2016, it was announced that the judges of Michigan's 30th Judicial Circuit Court had unanimously selected Whitmer to serve the remaining six months of the term of outgoing Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III after he was arrested on March 14, 2016, charged with 11 counts of involvement with a prostitute and four counts of willful neglect of duty.
In a letter dated March 29, 2016, Dunnings announced he would resign effective July 2. On June 21, 2016, Whitmer was administered the oath of office as prosecutor by Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge Janelle Lawless, she said her top priorities during her six months of service would be to determine if any other officials in the prosecutor's office knew about Dunnings's alleged crimes and to change how the office handled domestic violence and sexual assault cases. On July 22, 2016, Whitmer issued an 11-page report on whether Dunnings's alleged criminal activity had affected cases handled by the office; the report concluded that employees "were never asked to compromise a case or look the other way" and that she had "...full confidence that any problem that had existed in this office left with Mr. Dunnings." Whitmer's term expired on December 31, 2016. On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced. On August 7, 2018, Whitmer became the Democratic nominee for governor of Michigan, she won all 83 counties in a first for a Democratic primary victor.
In July 2018, Republican officials accused Whitmer of supporting the movement to abolish ICE, a claim Whitmer disputed. She said that if elected she would focus on improving Michigan's "fundamentals", such as schools and water systems. Whitmer's main opponent was the term-limited Attorney General of Michigan; the two candidates met for a debate on October 12, 2018, in Grand Rapids at WOOD-TV. A second debate was held at WDIV studios in Detroit on October 24. Whitmer defeated Schuette in the November 6 election by nearly a 10-point margin. Whitmer would like to phase in full-day Universal Pre-K for 4-year-olds in Michigan, she wants to reduce the cost of childcare for struggling families. She would eliminate Michigan's current 3rd grade "read or flunk" policy, which she has said penalizes students who have been failed by the education system, would instead work to improve their reading skills, she proposes that all high school students be offered two years of debt-free higher education, either college or post-secondary training for skilled trades.
Whitmer has said she would fight Republican efforts to take away protections for patients with preexisting conditions. In the Senate, Whitmer worked to expand Medicaid coverage in the state, she has said. She would work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, would get rid of Shuette's drug immunity law, which she believes protects drug companies from legal trouble if their drugs harm or kill people. In March 2019 Whitmer proposed increasing the gasoline tax to fund road repairs. Whitmer has two children with Gary Shrewsbury, they divorced, in 2011 she married Marc Mallory, who has three children from his previous marriage. Whitmer and Mallory live in East Lansing, with her two daughters and Sydney, who attend East Lansing High School, his three sons, Alex and Winston. Campaign website Project Vote Smart – Senator Gretchen Whitmer profile Michigan Liberal – SD23