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Michigan voters reelect Gov. Rick Snyder

Nov 4, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder has been elected to a second term.
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Gov. Rick Snyder has been reelected to a second term.

Snyder was first elected governor in 2010. During Snyder’s first term, he oversaw major tax reforms that largely shifted the burden from business to individuals. He also appointed the emergency manager that’s ushering Detroit through bankruptcy.

Democratic challenger Mark Schauer represented Michigan’s 7th Congressional District from 2009-2011.

He also served three terms in the Michigan House, and two terms in the state Senate. Schauer’s campaign centered on claims that Snyder’s policies favor big business over “regular people.”

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The Republican who downplays party ideology campaigned by touting an economic and fiscal recovery and promising to keep the state on the right path. He also highlighted work to address Detroit's financial crisis and increased spending on education.

Snyder's victory makes him the sixth straight Michigan governor to be re-elected at least once. The "tough nerd" was a venture capitalist and former corporate executive before winning the governorship in 2010.

Schauer had attacked Snyder's decisions to slash business taxes and eliminate breaks for individuals, and said schools are underfunded. He said Snyder's approval of a right-to-work law and a ban on benefits for same-sex partners of government workers showed he's no centrist Republican.