Gov. Rick Snyder won a second term Tuesday, defeating Democrat Mark Schauer after a closely watched race in which the Republican touted an economic and fiscal turnaround and promised to keep Michigan on the right path.
Candidates and their allies are frantically working to get their supporters to vote before today's midterm election brings what could be the closest Michigan governor's race in a quarter-century and a new U.S. senator.
As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.
Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake.
When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit tonight, he will be urging the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn't condemn the unpopular president or his policies.
House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states.