After months of speculation, a major GOP candidate has entered the open race for Governor. Attorney General and former US Congressman Bill Schuette officially announced his gubernatorial effort, yesterday. The move had been expected ever since Gov. Rick Snyder (R) entered his second and final term as the state’s chief executive. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) is expected to also run, and it is likely we shall see an announcement from him in the very near future.
At this point, former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer is the only major Democratic candidate in the race, but the picture in both parties could soon change. This will be a hard fought race and, with redistricting on the line after this election, the Michigan Governor’s race becomes one of the more important races of its kind in the country. It is likely we will see this campaign drop into toss-up mode for most of the election cycle.
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