AP: Gretchen Whitmer takes Michigan governor's seat for Democrats

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Gretchen Whitmer takes back Michigan governor's seat for Democrats, defeating Republican challenger Bill Schuette. (Photo courtesy: Gretchen Whitmer for Governor Campaign)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

You can here more from Whitmer on her plans as governor here.

You can see full election results here.