It’s official: “Right to work” advocate Rick Snyder will be replaced by a champion of labor.
“Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated her Republican opponent Bill Schuette to become the next governor of Michigan.
The former minority leader of the state Senate, Whitmer ran a campaign focused on competence and brass tacks, emphasizing clean water and promising to “fix the damn roads.”But she was also an outspoken critic of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a supporter of the #MeToo movement.
At the top of a Democratic ticket that included female candidates for all statewide races, Whitmer also exemplified a new approach by women running for office. In the era of #MeToo, experts say, women around the country are making their personal experiences — which are inextricably tied to their gender — a bigger part of their campaigns. Candidates are sending the message that “gender is among the value-added pieces of me that I bring” to the table, Kelly Dittmar, a political science professor at Rutgers University, said in October.
Whitmer’s win shows the approach can work in Michigan, a state Hillary Clinton lost in both the primary and the general election in 2016. After President Trump was elected, pundits implied that Democrats might need to replicate his macho attitude to appeal to working-class white men in the state. But for Whitmer, she told me in October, ‘It’s not about macho, it’s about getting things done.'”
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