WXYZ Editorial: What the results of the 2018 Michigan election mean

Posted at 7:30 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 19:30:33-05

The political dust has settled. Michigan’s hard-fought election is now over. It’s time for leaders to govern in bi-partisan spirit! We congratulate all the winners.

Michigan voters spoke loud and clear! They also made some state history in the process. Almost 4.3 million - 57.5 percent - cast their ballots. That beat the last gubernatorial election by more than 1 million. It was the highest midterm election turnout since 1970 and the third highest in Michigan history.

It was also the first time ever that our state elected women in the same party to governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Add to that the re-election of Michigan’s first female U.S. Senator.

Voters also approved all three statewide ballot proposals and kept the Michigan Legislature and State Supreme Court controlled by the current political party in power. Overall, the people of the Great Lakes State sent a powerful message. They seem to be saying, we want Democrats and Republicans to negotiate, compromise, respect one another, and work together for the common good of Michigan citizens.

In our Michigan congressional delegation, political representation shifted from 9 – 4 to an even 7 - 7 split. In Lansing, we commend Governor Snyder and Governor-Elect Whitmer for pledging they will work together for a smooth transition.

Election Day re-affirmed the importance of our nation’s longstanding one-man, one-vote system of government. When we participate in the political process and exercise our constitutional right, “WE THE PEOPLE” have a powerful voice!

I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager

Broadcast: November 15 – 18, 2018