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2020 Michigan Election Recap – What You Need to Know

U.S. Congress

Incumbent U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Hills) and John James (R-Farmington Hills) are locked in a tight race for the U.S. Senate with James leading by about 10,000 votes with 96% of the precincts reporting. We should know more today.

I need to stop believing polls!!!

Longtime incumbent Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) defeated former State Rep Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) big.

In the open seat vacated by Rep. Justin Amash (L-Grand Rapids), Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) easily defeated Hillary Scholten (D-Grand Rapids).

Both of these seats were supposed to be very competitive according to the polls and with Hoadley leading just about every poll the final month.

Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Township) won her race to replace retiring Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Twp) in Michigan’s 10th District which includes Macomb County and the Thumb area.

The rest of Michigan’s Congressional races were not competitive, and the incumbents were re-elected.

Michigan House of Representatives

To the shock of many, the House Republicans kept their majority in the Michigan House and Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) will be the next Speaker of the House.

The Michigan Senate was NOT up for re-election however incumbent Sen. Pete Lucido (R-Washington TWP) looks like he won his race for Macomb County Prosecutor and Sen. Pete MacGregor (R-Rockford) looks like he won his race for Kent County Treasurer.

This will cost Senate Republican’s two seats until a special election is called taking their majority from 22-16 to 20-16.

What this means for MAT

With the make-up not changing in the legislature I don’t see a big swing for us. The focus for 2021 will be the new chairmanships and building relationships.

Republicans in the House dominated in your neck of the woods (more rural areas). They picked up the Bay City seat that had been democrat since the 1970’s and won a seat in out county Genesee that had been Democrat forever.

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