Election 2020

Local, state and national election coverage from WKAR.

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Paul Junge claws his way out of a four-way Republican primary to face Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Peter Meijer wins the Republican primary for Justin Amash's seat and Rashida Tlaib holds onto the 13th Congressional District defeating Brenda Jones in the primary
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More than 1.6 million Michiganders voted absentee in the state’s first August primary since no-reason absentee voting was passed in 2018. By midnight, several had been called but others were delayed because of a surge in absentee voting. Key races in Michigan’s 13th and 8th congressional districts weren’t called until Wednesday.

Jocelyn Benson / Michigan Secretary of State

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says Tuesday’s primary elections went smoothly by and large, but the big test will be in November.

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Tuesday is Michigan’s primary. It’s the first time voters will weigh in on key races around the state ahead of the general election in November. WKAR politics reporter Abigail Censky joined WKAR's All Things Considered host Sophia Saliby on Monday, to discuss what races she’s watching and potential pitfalls of the massive increase in absentee ballots.

Some Republican are echoing President Donald Trump's claims that an increase in voting by mail will lead to fraud, others campaigning and in charge of running elections disagree.

A record number of voters are expected to vote by mail in Tuesday’s primary but there’s a divide among Republicans in the state about the practice.

Some are taking President Donald Trump’s line that it could lead to fraud while others say Republicans need to embrace it in order to win as voters ditch the polls during the pandemic.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Don’t wait. Drop off your ballot in person. It’s too late to put it in the mail if you want it to be counted.

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Several rural mid-Michigan school districts are asking voters to approve multi-million dollar bond proposals on Tuesday. 


Sen. Gary Peters photo at MSU's FRIB
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In the U.S. Senate race Democrat Incumbent Senator Gary Peters is polling ahead of his Republican opponent, but continues to be outraised. Senator Peters spoke to WKAR about the race and the biggest issues voters are facing during the coronavirus crisis.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Tuesday's primary election ballot includes several millage proposals that would continue funding for 9-1-1 emergency services and services for people over 60 in Ingham County, along with money for parks in Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on the proposals.

John James, a Farmington Hills Republican, is in his second bid for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat. He's outraised Democrat incumbent Senator Gary Peters four times, but is behind Peters in the polls.
Courtesy of John James

Republican John James is vying for one of Michigan's U.S. Senate seats for the second time. WKAR's Abigail Censky talked to the candidate about the race and his priorities for Michigan as part of a two-day series talking to the U.S. Senate candidates ahead of the August primary.

One of a series of reports looking at Joe Biden's potential running mates

As the coronavirus spread across the country in March, President Trump held a conference call with the nation's governors and reportedly told them they should try to find their own supplies of ventilators and respirators.