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Election 2020: Democratic Party gains majority on Michigan Supreme Court

This week’s election is shifting Michigan’s state Supreme Court to a Democratic Party-nominee majority.

Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormackand ElizabethWelch emerged from a crowded field as the winners of Michigan’s Supreme Court election.

“I am eager to join the chief justice and her colleagues in their important work of addressing challenges within our criminal justice system and their work toward ensuring everyone has equal access to our courts,” says Welch. 

The Democratic Party will have a four to three majority on Michigan’s highest state court for the first time since 2010. 

Simon Schuster is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.   

He says McCormack and Welch, both nominated by the Democratic Party, outspent their Republican Party-nominated opponents on TV ads by a two to one margin.

“I think this is kind of an indication that Republicans had their priorities elsewhere this election cycle.  And I think were focused on retaining majority of the state House,” says Schuster.

The Michigan Republican Party did succeed in maintaining their majority in the Legislature's lower chamber in Tuesday’s election.  

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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