As long expected, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley finally announced that he will join the open Republican gubernatorial primary, setting up a battle against Attorney General and former US Congressman Bill Schuette. The Michigan Governor’s race is one of national importance since this is a critical redistricting state come 2021. The Governor elected in 2018 will carry redistricting veto power. Early polling and fundraising gives Attorney General Schuette a significant Republican primary lead. Democrats feature former state House Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer as their top candidate, to date. Candidate filing does not end until April 24th for the August 7th primary, so both parties could see other potential candidates stepping forward. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.
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