Confusion and uncertainty are the real winners in 2020 Elections
While the Michigan state House remained in Republican hands after the dust settled, the state Supreme Court is now in solid Democrat territory and Presidential and U.S. Senate results will likely be contested for days to come. The real winners in the 2020 elections appear to be confusion and uncertainty.
Here is an update on election results as of Wednesday (November 4th) evening. As many of you know, the Presidential race is too close to call nationally. While some are calling Michigan for Joe Biden, the results are certain to be contested. In some precincts, absentee voting ballots are still being counted.
As of 4:45 pm, unofficial results show former Vice President Biden up 67,000 votes with 2,684,200 votes to Trump’s 2,617,062 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
As of 5:53 pm, incumbent Senator Gary Peters holds a 11,383-vote lead over John James. While there are still precincts counting absentee votes, most of those are in urban districts that favor Peters.
CD 1 – Jack Bergman (R) won reelection
CD 2 – Bill Huizenga (R) won reelection
CD 4 – John Molenaar (R) won reelection
CD 5 – Dan Kildee (D) won reelection
CD 7 – Tim Walberg (R) won reelection
CD 8 – Elissa Slotkin (D) won reelection (but it was much closer than expected)
CD 9 – Andy Levin (D) won reelection
CD 10 – Lisa McClain (R) was elected to the open seat vacated by Congressman Paul Mitchell
CD 12 – Debbie Dingell (D) won reelection
CD 13 – Rashida Tliab (D) won reelection
CD 14 – Brenda Lawrence (D) won reelection
Races of Note
CD 3 – Republican Peter Meijer won a tight election in the Grand Rapids area. This was an open seat due to the retirement of Justin Amash.
CD 6 – Congressman Fred Upton who was also in a tough race in SW Michigan was reelected.
CD 11 – First term Congressman Haley Stevens appears headed for reelection in a race that was tighter than predicted.
The House Republicans beat two incumbents in Bay and Genesee Counties (HD 96 and 48) to keep a 58-52 majority in the State House. They lost two seats that were open due to term limits in the Kalamazoo and Oakland Counties (HD 61 and 38).
Democrat nominated Chief Justice Mary McCormack and Elizabeth Welch have won. NFIB endorsed candidates Mary Kelly and Brock Swartle did not win. This moves the Court to Democrat control for the first time in decades, although recent decisions were split with two current Republicans on the Court often siding with Democrat justices on key cases.