Democratic Tidal Wave Washes Ashore in
In an election that saw record voter turnout across the United States,
results in the State of Michigan were no exception to the nationwide
Democratic tidal wave.
Starting at the top of the ticket, and not surprising, President-elect
Barack Obama took all of Michigan’s 17 electoral delegates, with a 57
percent to Senator John McCain’s 42 percent. This result was expected after
the Republican nominee’s October 2nd withdrawal from further campaigning in
In the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate, incumbent Carl Levin held off the
challenge of Republican nominee State Representative Jack Hoogendyk of
Kalamazoo. Levin has held his Senate seat since 1979.
Perhaps the most significant indicators of Michigan’s mood of “change” were
the electorate’s rejection of incumbent and Republican-backed Michigan
Supreme Court Justice Clifford Taylor and the defeat of two incumbent
Republican Congressmen. Democrat-supported Diane Marie Hathaway defeated the
incumbent Justice Taylor 49 to 39 percent (Libertarian candidate Robert
Roddis received 11 percent) in an expensive and frequently negative
Longtime Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills) was unsuccessful
in earning a ninth term in Washington, DC. Former Democratic State Senator
Gary Peters beat Knollenberg in a hard-fought Oakland County race, winning
roughly by 52 to 43 percent. In the south-central Lower Peninsula, current
State Senate Democratic Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) unseated
first-term Republican incumbent Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Tipton), giving
the Democratic Party an 8-7 majority in Michigan’s Congressional Delegation.
Finally, and another sign of the Democratic momentum, the party’s 58-52
majority in the Michigan House of Representatives was expanded to 67-43, a
nine-seat gain and the largest majority of either party in nearly four
decades. No Democratic or Republican incumbents were defeated; rather, the
nine-seat gain by Democrats took place within the 46 open seats vacated due
to term limits.
For more information on all of Michigan’s election results, visit the
Michigan Secretary of State’s website at
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