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2018 Michigan elections

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The Michigan general election, 2018 was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 throughout Michigan. The Democrats swept all of the statewide offices held by the Republicans.




Incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow won re-election to a fourth term.

House of Representatives

Democrats gained two House seats in the United States House of Representatives giving Michigan's House delegation an even split with seven Democrats and seven Republicans.



Governor and Lieutenant Governor

The Democratic ticket of Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin Gilchrist won the races for governor and lieutenant governor. This is a Democratic gain.

Secretary of State

Former Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson was elected secretary of state which was a Democratic gain. She became the first Democratic Michigan Secretary of State since 1995.

Attorney General

Detroit-based attorney Dana Nessel was elected Michigan attorney general becoming the first Democratic attorney general in 16 years.

State Board of Education

Michigan State Board of Education, 2018[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Party Judith Pritchett 1,830,312 25.2
Democratic Party Tiffany Tilley 1,743,379 24.0
Republican Party Tami Carlone 1,615,129 22.3
Republican Party Richard Zeile (incumbent) 1,473,904 20.3
Working Class Party Mary Anne Hering 125,693 1.7
Libertarian Party Scott Boman 125,309 1.7
Working Class Party Logan Smith 91,077 1.3
Libertarian Party John Tatar 80,414 1.1
U.S. Taxpayers Party Karen Adams 72,639 1.0
Green Party Sherry A. Wells 61,493 0.8
U.S. Taxpayers Party Douglas Levesque 32,326 0.4
Total votes 7,251,675 100.0



All 38 seats in the Michigan Senate were up for election in 2018. Democrats gained five seats, but Republicans still control 22 seats in the Michigan Senate.

House of Representatives

All 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives were up for election in 2018. Democrats gained five seats, but Republicans still control the Michigan House with 58 Republicans and 52 Democrats.


Supreme Court

Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court were up for election in 2018. Justice Kurt Wilder, who was appointed by Governor Snyder to replace retiring Justice Robert P. Young Jr., and Justice Beth Clement, who was named by Governor Snyder to replace Justice Joan Larsen after the latter was confirmed to a seat on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in November, 2017,[2] are each eligible to run for re-election. The two winners of the election were Clement and Megan Cavanagh, who unseated Wilder.[3]

Court of Appeals

District 1 (six-year term - 2 positions)
Candidate Votes %
Kirsten Frank Kelly 572,883 56.1
Michael Riordan 447,658 43.9
Total votes 1,020,541 100.0
District 1 (partial term ending 1/1/2023)
Candidate Votes %
Thomas Cameron 591,516 100.00
District 2 (six-year term - 3 positions)
Candidate Votes %
Kathleen Jansen 592,091 34.2
Elizabeth L. Gleicher 570,856 33.0
Deborah Servitto 566,771 32.8
Total votes 1,729,718 100.0
District 2 (partial term ending 1/1/2021)
Candidate Votes %
Jonathan Tukel 683,743 100.00
District 3 (six-year term - 2 positions)
Candidate Votes %
Jane M. Beckering 678,505 52.1
Douglas Shapiro 622,681 47.9
Total votes 1,301,186 100.0
District 4 (six-year term)
Candidate Votes %
Stephen L. Borrello 744,970 100.00
District 4 (partial term ending 1/1/2023)
Candidate Votes %
Brock Swartzle 730,278 100.00


Ballot initiatives

Proposal 1

Proposal 1, an initiative to legalize cannabis, was approved 56-44.

Proposal 1[5]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed
2,356,422 55.9
No 1,859,675 44.1
Total votes 4,216,097 100.00

Proposal 2

Proposal 2 was an initiative to transfer the power to draw state Legislative districts and US Congressional districts from the state legislature to an independent redistricting commission. The proposal passed 61-39.

Proposal 2[5]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed
2,516,998 61.3
No 1,590,638 38.7
Total votes 4,107,636 100.00

Proposal 3

Proposal 3, an initiative to add voting policies such as same-day registration and straight-ticket voting to the state constitution, was approved 67-33.

Proposal 3[5]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed
2,772,301 66.9
No 1,370,662 33.1
Total votes 4,142,963 100.00


  1. ^ "Michigan State Board of Education election, 2018". Ballotpedia.
  2. ^ Egan, Paul (17 November 2017). "Snyder names Chief Legal Counsel Beth Clement to Michigan Supreme Court". Detroit Free Press.
  3. ^ Mack, Julie (November 7, 2018). "Beth Clement, Megan Kathleen Cavanagh poised to win Michigan Supreme Court seats". Michigan Live. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Michigan intermediate appellate court elections, 2018". Ballotpedia.
  5. ^ a b c "Michigan Election Results". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2020.

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