Pink wave hits Michigan from gov's office to Congress to Legislature

By Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Detroit — The pink wave hit Michigan with force as female candidates swept statewide offices at the top of the ticket, flipped two U.S. House races, won both seats on the state Supreme Court and filled a record number of legislative seats.

Democrats helped build the wave by recruiting a roster of high-qualified female candidates and rode it to key victories in a midterm election marked by suburban female frustration with Republican President Donald Trump.

Michigan voters elected a record 53 women to the state Legislature. The previous high mark was 37, according to the MIRS subscription news service. Democrats will send 26 women to the state House, and Republicans 16. Eleven women will serve in the 38-member state Senate, including eight Democrats and three Republicans.

“In parts of my district, you were able to vote for a straight-woman ticket, from the governorship all the way down to the county commission,” said Democrat Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak, an automotive industrial designer who unseated GOP Sen. Marty Knollenberg of Troy.

She was one of several successful female Democrats in Oakland County, including Mari Manoogian of Birmingham and Padma Kuppa of Troy, who both flipped Republican seats in the state House, and Rosemary Bayer of Beverly Hills, who won a GOP state Senate seat by beating Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Township.

None of the three had significant previous political experience.

“What really stood out was how different we were," McMorrow said. "We weren’t running on our gender. We were running on our incredibly different background and experience."

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