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Duggan and Adams win mayoral primary, Proposal P fails in Detroit

The Detroit skyline as seen from across the Detroit River.
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan scored a significant win against challengers to his third term in office last night. He won more than 70% of the vote.

Challenger Anthony Adams came in second and will face Duggan in the general election.

See full results from Tuesday's primary

In a crowded field of 10 candidates, Adams squeaked ahead of most of the pack. The former deputy mayor lists stopping crime, evictions and foreclosures as his top priorities. Adams says he’s working to improve voter turnout for the next election. 

“When people understand they can change their lives and change the trajectory of the city, I believe they’ll come out to vote,” Adams said. 

Adams is challenging Mayor Mike Duggan to a debate as his campaign looks to November. 

Eslewhere on the ballot, Detroit voters voted no to a plan to revise Detroit’s city charter by a wide margin. 

The proposal had been contested from the start.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer rejected the revised charter, which re-centered Detroit’s government around progressive policies. The ballot question was then challenged by a series of lawsuits.

Last week the Michigan Supreme Court upheld Proposal P’s placement on the ballot.

Still, it failed before voters. 

Mayoral candidate Anthony Adams says there was a coordinated effort to defeat the question. 

“When you look at the millions of dollars in dark money that was spent to confuse the people, to spread lies about what Proposal P was all about,” he said.

Many of the billboards and commercials against Proposal P are paid for by a non-profit that is not required to disclose its campaign spending or contributions.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.