FILE - This combination of file photos shows Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidates from left: former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer; entrepreneur Shri Thanedar; and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit's former health director. Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. (AP Photo/File)

Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

August 04, 2018 - 12:01 pm

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former legislative leader with the establishment's backing is hoping to fend off two political newcomers who have staked out positions to her left in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan governor.

On the Republican side in Tuesday's state primary, Michigan's conservative attorney general is touting his tax cut plan and endorsement from President Donald Trump in a four-man race he has long led.

The winners will fight this fall for a seat that's opening due the coming departure of Republican Rick Snyder, who is term-limited. Former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette are favored to emerge from crowded fields, but Michigan's electorate is unpredictable.