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Honigman Capitol Report

November 4, 2020
   

The Race to the White House Continues

With several swing states too early to call, no winner yet declared in the race for the Presidency. The race comes down to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Assuming, President Trump maintains his lead in Georgia, he will need to win Pennsylvania and either Wisconsin or Michigan to secure a second term. Vice President Biden’s apparent victory in Arizona severely narrowed the President’s path to victory.

U.S. Senate Race Too Close to Call

With 90% of the vote counted Wednesday morning, John James has a narrow lead over U.S. Senator Gary Peters.  It appears the outstanding vote is mostly in Wayne County and the City of Detroit, which is likely to be more favorable to Senator Peters.  The race is too early to call.

  

Based on early results, it appears the Republicans will maintain control of the United States Senate.  Democrats appear to have gained one seat with a runoff election scheduled for January in Georgia.  In addition to the close contest in Michigan, Senate races in Maine, North Carolina, and Georgia, though Republican incumbents are currently leading, the races remain too close to be final.

 

Key U.S. House Race Results

Michigan’s Congressional Delegation remains unknown with two races still too close to call. Fred Upton has secured re-election, as has Tim Walberg. Both members of Congress faced significant challengers.

  

Additionally, Elissa Slotkin has won her first re-election attempt. It was possible the lack of MSU student vote would make this a closer race.

  

3rd District
Hillary Scholten (D)
Peter Meijer (R)


11th District
Haley Stevens (D)
Eric Esshaki (R)

 

The Race for Michigan Supreme Court

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack secured re-eletion.  The race for the second seat is still too close to call with with Elizabeth Welch, Mary Kelly and Brock Swartzle all vying for the second seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. These are eight-year terms that end in 2028.

 

Oakland County Executive

With a majority of the vote counted, incumbent David Coulter took the lead over his opponent Mike Kowall late Tuesday in his effort to continue as Oakland County executive. He is the first Democrat to be elected Oakland's County Executive.

 

Oakland County Sheriff

Democrats have made gains for three decades across Oakland County, but Sheriff Michael Bouchard seems to be surviving the growing blue wave in his bid to lock in a sixth four-year term, an office he has held since 1999. As of Wednesday morning, Bouchard had 55% of the vote and his challenger, Vincent Gregory, 44% with 81% of precincts reporting.

 

State Ballot Proposal 20-1 Overwhelmingly Approved by Voters

Honigman-client, Vote YES for MI Water, Wildlife and Parks campaign, successfully convinced voters to approve Proposal 20-01, which will continue to direct funds from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to land protection and state park development.

 

State Ballot Proposal 20-2 Passes by a Wide Margin

Voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.

State House Results: Republicans Appear to Hold on to Majority by Narrow Margin

Republican candidates appear close to locking in the minimum 56 seats needed to secure the 2021-22 majority.  Among races to be called, the closely watched 45th and 38th House races are still in play, but Republicans appear to be netting a one-seat gain overall.

  

Current status of key Oakland County and other close House race results along with seats still in play:

  

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