More Dems than GOP cast ballots locally

Voters wait on line to vote inside the fire bay at the Armada Twp. Fire Department Tuesday in downstate Armada Township. (Todd McInturf /Detroit News via AP)

MARQUETTE — With just over 30,000 ballots cast in Marquette County, over 57 percent of voters chose Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer over Republican Bill Schuette, who received nearly 40 percent of votes. Over 1 percent of votes were for Libertarian candidate Bill Gelineau, according to unofficial results from the county’s website.

Whitmer received around 53 percent of votes statewide, while Schuette received 44 percent and Gelineau received over 1 percent.

In the U.S. state senate race, incumbent Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, received nearly 17,000 votes in Marquette County, while her Republican opponent, John James, received over 12,000 votes. Statewide, Stabenow won with 52 percent of the votes, while James received 46 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Although Republican Jack Bergman won Michigan’s 1st congressional district by 56 percent overall, Democratic candidate Matt Morgan received over 4,000 more votes than Bergman in Marquette County.

Michigan’s 38th state senate district was won by dairy farmer and former house representative Ed McBroom. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, McBroom received over 58,000 votes to nearly 47,000 for Democratic opponent Scott Dianda. Green Party candidate Wade Roberts received almost 2,000 votes.

More than 4 million Michigan residents cast ballots in Tuesday’s midterm elections, the most for a gubernatorial race since 1962, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

According to the AP, about 194,000 people in Democratic-heavy Detroit cast ballots overall, which is nearly 17 percent more than four years ago and about 10 percent more than 2010, the last time there was an open gubernatorial race.

In Republican-friendly Ottawa County in western Michigan, about 40,000 more voters participated than in 2014 or 2010 — an increase of between 44 percent and 46 percent from the 90,000 or so who voted in those general elections, the AP stated.