Michigan - Governor

as of September 2

The Candidates

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Virg Bernero

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: March 31, 1964
  • Residence: Lansing, MI

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Rick Snyder

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: August 19, 1958
  • Residence: Ann Arbor, MI

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Previous Results

    Michigan Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Jennifer Granholm DEM 2,142,513 56.4%
    Dick DeVos REP 1,608,086 42.3%
    Gregory Creswell LIB 23,524 0.6%
    Douglas Campbell GRE 20,009 0.5%
    Bhagwan Dashairya TAX 7,087 0.2%

    U.S. President: Michigan (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 2,872,579 57.4%
    John McCain REP 2,048,639 41%
    Ralph Nader NAT 33,085 0.7%
    Bob Barr LIB 23,716 0.5%
    Chuck Baldwin TAX 14,685 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 8,892 0.2%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 2, 2010

Incumbent Granholm's Woes Make An Underdog Of Bernero

Incumbent Jennifer Granholm (D), first elected in 2002, is term limited. Once upon a time, there was talk, serious or not, about changing the Constitution so that the Canadian-born Granholm would be eligible to run for president. That was a long time ago.

The awful state of the Michigan economy and the resulting collapse of polling numbers for Granholm have made Democratic candidate Virg Bernero the underdog in November's election. Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, is hoping his strong labor backing from the United Auto Workers will move him into the governorship; Republicans say that Bernero is too liberal and too beholden to the unions to be effective. The GOP candidate is businessman Rick Snyder, the most moderate candidate in the primary field that included state Attorney General Mike Cox, Rep. Peter Hoekstra and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. Snyder has made effective use of TV commercials that vaulted him to the nomination. -Ken Rudin

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