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State Rep. Laura Cox is running to lead the Michigan Republican Party.

Cox announced her bid Monday, saying the 2020 presidential election is "right around the corner" and the GOP must start working to win Michigan again for Donald Trump. Chairman Ron Weiser isn't expected to seek another two-year term when activists vote at a convention in February.

Cox, who lost her race for state Senate, says she's a "tough conservative leader who fights hard for our principles." She's married to former state Attorney General Mike Cox.

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Hundreds of protests were held Thursday night across the country in response to President Donald Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replacing him with Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Those opposed to Whitaker call him a Trump crony who should not oversee the Mueller Investigation into Russian election meddling.

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A big win for grassroots organization Voters Not Politicians Tuesday, as voters in Michigan largely supported Proposal 2 that will effectively end gerrymandering in the state. Under the current state constitution, district lines are drawn by state legislators every 10 years, however, critics have long argued that politicians manipulate those districts to favor a specific political party in future elections.

Proposal 2 strips lawmakers of the responsibility of mapping out districts and will hand that job over to a 13-member commission made up of citizens.

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Republican U.S. Representative Justin Amash will serve a fifth term in office after defeating Democratic challenger Cathy Albro in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

With nearly 54-percent voter turnout in the City of Grand Rapids there was speculation Democrat Cathy Albro could pull off an upset of Republican incumbent, U.S. Representative Justin Amash. In the end, there weren’t enough votes district-wide and Amash beat his challenger by 12-points.

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Two former Michigan House members squared off in the Michigan Senate’s 29th District with the winner replacing term-limited Senator Dave Hildenbrand. Democrat Winnie Brinks, with roughly 60-percent of the vote, defeated Republican Chris Afendoulis.

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In Grand Rapids Democrat Rachel Hood and Republican Amanda Brand squared off in the Michigan House’s 76th District with Hood defeating Brand by roughly a 60 to 40 margin. Hood has her to-do list ready for when she arrives in Lansing.

“Our friends in the LGBTQ community have been waiting far too long for equal rights and protections under Michigan law, under Elliot Larson, we need to include them as a protected class. We have an immigrant community that deserves to be recognized with licenses and that’s among my top priorities.”

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United States Congressman Bill Huizenga held off Democrat Rob Davidson Tuesday, earning him a fifth term in Michigan’s 2nd District. According to unofficial results, Huizenga beat Davidson by 10 points. Celebrating the victory in downtown Holland, Congressman Huizenga had a message to the voters who braved the weather and got out and voted for him on Tuesday.

In the race for State Senate in Michigan’s 30th district, State House Representative Roger Victory easily beat Democrat Jeanette Schipper and Libertarian Mary Buzuma. According to unofficial results, Victory took two-thirds of the overall vote, as Victory’s time is up in the Michigan House due to term limits. Speaking with Victory shortly after his race had been called, Victory says he is excited to begin a new chapter as State Senator.

Greg Van Woerkom wins 91st State House

Nov 7, 2018

In the race for Michigan State House Representative in the 91st District, Republican Greg VanWoerkom beat Democrat Tanya Cabala  taking in an unofficial 55 percent of the vote according to the Associated Press.

Shortly after winning the 91st District, VanWoerkom says it took a moment for the reality to sink it that he’d won.

“It was a bit surreal. (We) put a lot of effort into this," Van Woerkom said. "Very thankful for all my supporters that got out and heard our message about continuing the comeback here in Michigan and in Muskegon County.”

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WGVU's Decision 2018 interviews U.S. House of Representatives candidates running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District; Republican Justin Amash, Democrat Cathy Albro and U.S. Taxpayers Party Ted Gerrard.

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