Dems make gains in Michigan and Congress, but blue wave falls short

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press

While final results weren’t available in many districts around the state, Democrats picked up at least four seats in the state Senate, including two in Oakland County and one in Wayne and were on the verge in two more districts. If the Senate picks up only the four seats, the GOP majority shrinks to 23-15.

Two incumbent Republicans — Sens. Margaret O'Brien of Portage and Marty Knollenberg of Troy — lost their seats to Democrats Sean McCann of Kalamazoo and Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak and Rosemary Bayer pulled off a narrow win in the traditionally Republican district of Birmingham and the Bloomfields over state Rep. Mike McCready, R-Birmingham. And Dayna Polehanki, of Livonia beat state Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, to turn another red seat blue.

As Democrat after Democrat was announced as the winner of their race at a gathering of Michigan Democrats on Tuesday night in Detroit, the crowd's roar got louder and louder.

And Lisa Williams, 55, of Lansing, cheered herself hoarse. "This is what we need," she said. "We've lived under the Republicans dominating the state for so long. Look where that got us — kids in Flint can't drink their water, the roads are a mess. They needed to go. We've fought and fought. It's time for new leaders."

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