Michigan Election Results

The Michigan primary election for governor has been decided.

Former Gateway Chief Executive Rick Snyder has won the Michigan Republican primary for governor, the AP reports. Mr. Snyder defeated Representative Pete Hoekstra and state Attorney General Mike Cox in the five-way GOP race.

On the Democratic side, Michigan's Virg Bernero captured his party's nomination for governor, the AP reports. Mr. Bernero, the Lansing mayor, defeated State House Speaker Andy Dillon in the primary.

Mr. Snyder's victory comes as a surprise, and with the state facing one of the country's highest unemployment rates, the Republican is likely to be front-funner.

Today's race to succeed term limited Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Addtionally the Michigan Democratic Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick was defeated by state Sen. Hansen Clarke, AP reports. Ms. Kilpatrick was plagued by political difficulties because of her defense of her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

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