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    McCormack, Markman, Zahra elected to Michigan Supreme Court

    Ann Arbor's own candidate for Michigan Supreme Court, University of Michigan professor Bridget Mary McCormack, led all candidates in a crowded field to earn a seat on the bench for the next eight years.

    Michigan's voters were not as kind to the rest of the women running for Michigan's highest court.  All four lost as incumbents Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra won re-election.

    The election of McCormack and the return of Markman and Zahra mean that Republican appointees and nominees will retain their 4-3 advantage on the court for at least the next two years.

    Lots of numbers, including a comparison of the statewide vote vs. that in Washtenaw County, plus the acceptance announcements of McCormack and Zahra, at the link in the headline.

    Democrats sweep State Board of Education, university governing board elections

    In 2010, the Republicans were elected to all statewide offices in Michigan.  This past Tuesday, the Democrats returned the favor, sweeping all offices on the statewide partisan ballot from the President on down.

    This sweep included the eight seats being contested for the State Board of Education and the governing boards for the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.

    Washtenaw County provided the victorious Democrats an even larger margin of victory than they received statewide, with their vote shares ranging between five and six percent more than elsewhere in Michigan.

    The winners were:

    • Michelle Fecteau of Detroit and Lupe Ramos-Montigny of Grand Rapids for the State Board of Education
    • Mark Bernstein of Ann Arbor and Shauna Ryder Diggs of Detroit for the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
    • Joel Ferguson of Lansing and Brian Mosallam of Dearborn for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
    • Kim Trent of Detroit and Sandra Hughes O'Brien of Northville for the Wayne State University Board of Governors.
    Lots of numbers and quotes from the winning candidates at the article itself.

    I plan on doing some "evergreen" articles--a comparison between Washtenaw County and the rest of the state, an analysis of minor party candidates, and the effects of redistricting on the relative effectiveness of Democrats and Republicans getting elected--beginning Sunday.  They should be just as interesting until the next election as they are today.

    Modified from articles on the election results, part 3 and articles on the election results, part 4 on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:09:01 PM PST

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