Michigan's midterm elections see largest voter turnout in decades


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Michigan was energized to go to the polls yesterday – more than they've been in five decades, according to yesterday's voting numbers.

According to preliminary numbers gathered by the Associated Press, more than 4 million voters cast their ballot on Tuesday, earning Michigan the largest turnout for the state's midterm elections since 1962. The voting numbers translated to 52 percent of the total population eligible to vote, an increase of more than 10 percent from the 2014 gubernatorial elections.

The 2018 midterm elections also saw the 'Blue Wave' come to Michigan, with female Democratic candidates winning big in four major races.

Gretchen Whitmer outpaced Republican candidate Bill Schuette for governor, while Debbie Stabenow overtook new-comer John James for state Senate. For Attorney General, Dana Nessel defeated Republican Tom Leonard to be the first Democrat Attorney General since 2002. In the race for Secretary of State, Democrat Jocelyn Benson beat out Republican Mary Treder Lang for a seat that hasn't been blue since 1996.

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