Most of the results are in from yesterday’s primary election and the merit shop was a winner! Overall, ABC-endorsed state legislative candidates won 90% of their races, with only one known anti-merit shop candidate (UP State Senate Candidate Ed McBroom) winning.

Governor’s Race – In a night of excitement, surprise, and sometimes confusion, the race to be Michigan’s next Governor was not subject to any of that. Attorney General Bill Schuette scored a decisive victory over Brian Calley, winning 51% - 25%. As discussed before, we could not have greater merit shop allies than AG Schuette and LG Calley. Kudos to both of them on a hard fought race. Schuette will move on to face Gretchen Whitmer in the general election in November, as she also one by a wide margin, defeating Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar 54% - 30% - 16%.

U.S. Senate – As VP Pence has said on many occasions, ABC is the marines of politics. We are the first ones in and the last ones out. And that could not be truer than in the race for U.S. Senate. ABC got in early to support businessman and Army veteran, John James, in his race against businessman, Sandy Pensler. After receiving the endorsement from President Trump, James continued the momentum and didn’t look back, defeating Penlser 55% - 45%. He will now face Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

11th Congressional GOP Primary – Former Trump Campaign Co-Chair, Lena Epstein, was victorious in this competitive 5-way primary to replace retiring Congressman David Trott in this Oakland County seat. While ABC-endorsed candidate State Representative Klint Kesto was unsuccessful, Ms. Epstein is a free market advocate and strong in her beliefs. Frequent opponent of ABC issues, Sen. Mike Kowall, came in third place.

State Senate – ABC-endorsed candidates saw big victories in the state senate primaries across the state, winning 20 of 24 races. State Representatives Tom Barrett and Peter Lucido absolutely destroyed trade-union supported candidates, with Barrett defeating Brett Roberts 73% - 26% and Lucido defeating Ken Goike 71% - 28%. Also winning by sizeable margins were former State Representative Aric Nesbitt, and current State Representatives John Bizon and Lana Theis. Unfortunately, long-time vocal merit shop ally, State Representative Gary Glenn, lost his bid for State Senate to former State Representative Kevin Daley. Daley has a good record on ABC issues, but we are sad to see Rep. Glenn leave.

State House – Again, ABC-endorsed candidates were very successful, winning 48 of the 52 races where an endorsement was made. Christine Barnes was victorious in the race to succeed Rep. Tom Barrett as she defeated Chuck Cascarilla, who had trade union support, in a crowded field 42% - 31%. Another notable victory came from Doug Tietz in the race to replace term-limited State Representative Martin Howrylak, who voted against the repeal of prevailing wage. Other notable ABC-endorsed candidates winning were Matt Maddock, Mike Mueller, Sarah Lightner, Lynn Afendoulis, Greg VanWoerkom, Graham Filler, Annette Glenn (Gary’s wife), and Jack O’Malley.

Fending off primary challenges were incumbents Kathy Crawford, Michelle Hoitenga, Tommy Brann, Jim Lilly, Lee Chatfield and Steve Johnson. The only ABC-endorsed incumbent to lose was State Representative Dave Maturen who was defeated by the more conservative Matt Hall who has deep political ties and was an early supporter of President Trump.

FINALLY, a member of the ABC family was successful in his race, asZach Lahring was successful in his run for the GOP nomination for Muskegon County Commission. To learn more about Zach, check out his website http://makemuskegongreatagain.com .

Overall, the merit shop had a good night. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jimmy E Greene, CEO/President