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Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

August 4, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former legislative leader with the establishment’s backing is hoping to fend off two political newcomers who have staked out positions to her left in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan governor.

On the Republican side in Tuesday’s state primary, Michigan’s conservative attorney general is touting his tax cut plan and endorsement from President Donald Trump in a four-man race he has long led.

The winners will fight this fall for a seat that’s opening due the coming departure of Republican Rick Snyder, who is term-limited. Former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette are favored to emerge from crowded fields, but Michigan’s electorate is unpredictable.

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