Results from Michigan’s 2018 General Election

Electees for the state’s Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General, and more


Yesterday was voting day for Michigan’s 2018 general election and a record-breaking number of citizens across the state traveled to their local precinct to elect a new Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, along with deciding if Proposal 1, Proposal 2, and Proposal 3 should become legislation. We've rounded up the results from yesterday's election below. 

Michigan Governor:

Democrat and former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has been elected as state governor, polling 53 percent of statewide votes. Losing by less than roughly 362,000 votes, republican nominee and Michigan’s current Attorney General Bill Schuette accounted for 43 percent of all tallied Michigan ballots. Other nominees Bill Gelineua, Jennifer Kurland, Todd Schleiger, and Keith Butkovich accounted for 1 percent of all votes. Whitmer will take office Jan. 1.

Michigan U.S. Senator:

Beating her republican opponent and former combat veteran John James by nearly 238,000 votes, Debbie Stabenow, Michigan’s first female U.S. Senator, has been re-elected for a fourth term. Representing 51 percent of votes, Stabenow has been in office since 2000. Precisely 46 percent of polls were in favor of James. Nominees Maria Squier, George Huffman, and John Wilhelm accounted for 0 percent of votes.

Michigan Attorney General:

The counting of ballots has concluded, and Michigan’s new Attorney General is Democrat Dana Nessel, who secured 48.5 percent of votes. The race was a close tie with 96% of precincts reporting that Republican Tom Leonard had garnered roughly 46.8 percent of all ballots — a difference of 68,271 votes. Nominees Lisa Gioia accounts for 2 percent of votes, Chris Gravelin at 1.7 percent and Sickle Van at less than 1 percent.

Michigan Secretary of State:

Democrat Jocelyn Benson has won the electoral race for Michigan’s Secretary of State, polling in 52 percent of votes. Benson will replace current Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whom she previously lost to in the 2010 election for the position. Exactly 2,096,796 individuals voted for Benson while her republican opponent Mary Treder, an executive management professional, received 1,781,192 votes, accounting for 44 percent of all ballots. Other nominees Gregory Stempfle and Robert Gale represented 1 percent of votes.

Proposal 1 (18-1):

A winning number of citizens have voted to pass Proposal 18-1, which seeks to legalize the use of recreational marijuana for state residents aged 21 and up. The proposal would allow citizens of legal age to acquire more than 2.5 ounces of the herb per day and stock 10 ounces in their home, with the condition that it be safeguarded from minor consumption. Cases involving possession will be labeled as civil infractions. On the contingency that 18-2 passes, it will take a month before recreational marijuana will become legalized in the state, and nearly a year before the businesses can receive licenses to sell.

Proposal 2 (18-2):

Voters also passed Proposal 18-2, which will abolish gerrymandering by creating a redistricting committee consisting of 13 citizens, four from both the Democratic and Republican parties, and five that do not identify with either, and will relinquish this authority from state legislators. The group will deny any artisanal participation and reestablish district lines every decade. Central to the group will be creating state lines that representing the population of border-sharing districts — their first meeting is to be no later than Oct. 15, 2020 and will adopt a new a redistricting plan by Nov. 1, 2021.

Proposal 3 (18-3):

Proposal 18-3 will also go into effect , which will allow state residents to cast a ballot in-person or by mail up to 15 days before an election, and register to vote in-person, with evidence of residency, on the same day as the election — a significant change from the registration deadline that ended a month prior to the election. Current rules regarding absentee ballots allow those over the age of 60 and individuals who have disabilities or will be out of town to receive and fill out a ballot at home — excuse required — prior to election day.  The proposal will eliminate the need for an excuse to request an absentee ballot.

Related: Statue of Limitations​


Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Automakers Show Environmentally Conscious Cars at the 2019 Auto Show

Cadillac, Tesla, and Guangzhou Automobile Group make the case that electronic vehicles will be a trend in 2020

A Peek into Pinky’s, Royal Oak’s Next Rooftop Bar

The 150-seat space features pink decor and an outdoor garden

Ford’s Mid-Winter Festival at Michigan Central Station Promises a Spectacular 3D Light Show

Live graffiti painting, fire pits perfect for marshmallow roasting, and local shopping are scheduled for the event

4 Ways to Celebrate the 2019 Auto Show

Worthy of leaving the Cobo Center a few minutes early

Blues Band Larkin Poe Talks Music, Gender, and Edgar Allan Poe

Tonight, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell touch down at El Club in Detroit for the latest stop on their U.S. tour
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Under Wraps
    Lionel Perkins, senior project design engineer for camouflage at GM North America, unveils his...
  2. Heavyweight Estate
    Cadillac King Don Massey's property hits the market
  3. Machine Learning
    The next wave of artificial intelligence is making critical decisions in health care
  4. All About the Zip Sauce
    Food blogger and Instagram sensation, Seoung Lee, a.k.a. @chowdowndetroit, says Eddie’s Gourmet...
  5. The Meat of the Matter
    The latest West Village eatery, Marrow, carves a space for Detroit’s meat-eaters
  6. Food Recipe: Middle Eastern Spiced Roasted Carrots
    The mother-daughter team behind recipe development site, Crowded Kitchen, cooks up mindful dishes...
  7. Metrics of Mary Jane Motoring
    Research in a modest lab at John R and Mack addresses questions about cannabis and driving and...
  8. Detroit’s Got Spirits
    Inside the local craft distillery boom from Ferndale to Ann Arbor and beyond
  9. Eating in Translation
    What happens when centuries-old vegetarian traditions are transported across oceans
  10. Driver's Ed
    We’ve got auto questions, leading authorities have answers