On Nov. 8, 2022, of Michiganders exercised their civic duty at the polls, and 24 hours later, the projected results of Michigan’s 2022 election are in.
Here’s a look at who won what at the state level. Plus, what happened with the three proposals on the ballot.
Dixon conceded the election on Wednesday morning. Later in the morning, Whitmer gave a speech in which she promised to “step on the accelerator,” and work toward making Michigan a state “where every person is treated with dignity, can enjoy their personal freedoms, and chart their own path toward prosperity.”
Secretary of State
Incumbent Jocelyn Benson (D) beat out Kristina Karamo (R) 55.8% to 41.9% with 98% of the votes tallied.
Karamo was endorsed by former President Trump and reportedly believes the last election was stolen. She filed a last-minute lawsuit to change Detroit’s absentee voting process, which was dismissed on Monday.
At MotorCity Casino late on Tuesday, Benson said that she’s honored to serve Michigan for another four years.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Karamo has not conceded.
In yet another win for Democrats, incumbent Dana Nessel, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to a statewide office in Michigan, beat out Matthew DePerno 53.1% to 44.5% with 97% of the votes counted.
DePerno has conceded to Nessel but said that he refuses to concede that Michigan is a blue state.
Nessel tweeted a thank you to Michigan’s voters on Wednesday that said in part, “It has been the honor of a lifetime serving you as your attorney general these past four years, and I cannot wait to see what we can get done in the next four!”
State Supreme Court
Richard Bernstein (D) and Brian Zahra (R) were both reelected for the state’s supreme court. Zahra narrowly beat out Democratic challenger, Kyra Harris Bolden, with 24.3% of the vote to 21.4%.
Democrats maintain a 4-3 advantage.
State House of Representatives
Both Democrats and Republicans gained one Michigan House of Representatives seat, with John James (R) beating out Carl Marlinga (D) in House 10 and Hillary Scholten (D) winning over John Gibbs (R) in House 3.
The Democrats now hold seven seats to the Republican’s six.
With the election of progressive candidate, Betsy Coffia in District 103, Democrats flipped the Michigan Senate. This is the first time since 1984 that Democrats have had control of both the House and Senate, with a Democratic governor.
Ballot Proposal 22-1, which limits terms for state lawmakers to a total of 12 years, was approved with 66.5% yes, and 33.5% no.
This ballot proposal legalizes early voting and ballot drop boxes. It was approved 60% to 40%.
The hot topic during this year’s election was abortion rights in Michigan. After the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the federal level, a 1931 law would have criminalized the procedure in the state.
Proposal 3, which was approved with 56.7% of the vote, adds the right to abortion and contraception to Michigan’s state constitution.