The Latest: Democrat Benson wins secretary of state race

Published 11-07-2018

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on the midterm election in Michigan (all times local):

4 a.m.

Democrat Jocelyn Benson has won the race to be Michigan's next secretary of state, defeating Republican Mary Treder Lang and giving the Democrats control of an office they haven't held since 1994.

Neither candidate in Tuesday's contest for the role of overseeing Michigan elections has held a statewide office, though Benson unsuccessfully ran for secretary of state in 2010.

Benson is a former dean of Wayne State University's law school and is an election law expert who serves as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which is aimed at improving race relations.

During her campaign, she expressed strong support for a ballot initiative that would expand voting methods and options, calling it a "collection of the best practices" found across the country.

Current office-holder Ruth Johnson is term-limited and couldn't run again.

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3:20 a.m.

Michigan Democrats have seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women who voted.

Gretchen Whitmer's comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette in Tuesday's gubernatorial race began a strong night for a female-centric Democratic ticket that also

Current office-holder Ruth Johnson is term-limited and couldn't run again.

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3:20 a.m.

Michigan Democrats have seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women who voted.

Gretchen Whitmer's comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette in Tuesday's gubernatorial race began a strong night for a female-centric Democratic ticket that also included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who defeated challenger John James.

Jocelyn Benson was leading her race to become the first Democrat to win the secretary of state's office in 28 years. Dana Nessel was narrowly ahead in her bid to become the first Democrat elected Michigan attorney general in 20 years.

3:20 a.m.

Michigan Democrats have seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women who voted.

Gretchen Whitmer's comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette in Tuesday's gubernatorial race began a strong night for a female-centric Democratic ticket that also included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who defeated challenger John James.

Jocelyn Benson was leading her race to become the first Democrat to win the secretary of state's office in 28 years. Dana Nessel was narrowly ahead in her bid to become the first Democrat elected Michigan attorney general in 20 years.

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