Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the race for Michigan governor, defeating Bill Schuette and upending years of Republican control in the state. Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder. She ran on a platform of fixing problems such as deteriorating roads and aging drinking water infrastructure. She also emphasized her past vote to expand Medicaid to more than 600,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law. The 47-year-old Whitmer, of East Lansing, will become Michigan's second female governor when she takes office. The conservative Schuette faced criticism for challenging the health law in court and defending the state's gay marriage ban against a lawsuit. He was backed by President Donald Trump in the state Trump won in 2016 - but not by the moderate Snyder.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow has a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican challenger John James.

Ballot proposals for marijuana legalization, non-partisan redistricting and expanded voting access were all approved by voters statewide and in Livingston County.

Republican incumbent Mike Bishop conceded the race for Michigan's 8th Congressional District to Democrat Elissa Slotkin around 1:15am.

L. Suzanne Geddis prevailed over Dennis Brewer in a tight race for the newly created 44th Circuit Court judgeship.

Complete local election results can be viewed on the Livingston County Clerk's webpage. That link is provided. (JM)