Hi from the Whitmer watch party in the #MIGOV race. Early results only but if Abdul El-Sayed was looking to replicate Bernie map from 2016 presidential primary -- things are going to have to change. Whitmer up big in Clinton County with 40% of precincts in. Bernie won by 13 pts
I'd say it's still worth watching the numbers here. Whitmer probably wants to be over 50 percent to claim statewide mandate, and we'll see how El-Sayed performs in cities like in and around Detroit. Results page here nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Trump continues to play Kingmaker. If it's Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer, which it looks like it will be, this sets up another Trump-like male candidate versus Dem woman for open gubernatorial race -- similar to Georgia

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