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Gretchen Whitmer wins, will be Michigan's next governor

Gretchen Whitmer campaign photo

Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s 49th governor. The former Senate Minority leader beat out Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette. The office has been under Republican control for eight years – current governor Rick Snyder is term limited and couldn’t run again.

Whitmer’s campaign was built around a promise to fix the state’s roads and she built up a following among moderate Republicans.

The state’s next lieutenant governor will be Garlin Gilchrist – the first African American lieutenant governor in Michigan’s history.