Listen above to hear more about how the high turnout impacted electoral results, and the victories of Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer.
Other GOP candidates are Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen.
"They come to the race and will tell us, 'We really believe in electing women because women will be more civil and get more done in Washington, '" Slotkin said.
Though Whitmer may still choose a male running mate, the Democrats are fielding women for governor, Senate, state attorney general and secretary of state. "I will not be governor managing Michigan's decline into a smaller, less significant state". Lauer said he likes Trump but that the president's endorsement didn't sway him. "Michigan was the place that people used to move to from all around the world", she said, adding that at a time when some people want to build walls, "we in MI are going to get back to building bridges".
After polling closed in the four states, women broke records for gubernatorial and House nominations, according to the BBC. He credited Republican leaders for helping the state "get off the mat" after a decade-long downturn and said Whitmer would "take us back to a time of shuttered industries, dashed dreams and higher taxes".
Whitmer asked the supporters of El-Sayed - who was endorsed by Vermont Sen. "Americans have the sticker shock of health care as it is, and what we're also not talking about is why aren't we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can't afford access to health care?"
"It's a big warning sign for Republicans", said Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon. Democrats have hammered the administration across the state recently for Trump's protectionist steel tariffs, which they say are raising prices on everyday goods and hurting MI workers.
Bernie Sanders and upstart NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to boost Democrat Abdul El-Sayed, who lost to Whitmer. "I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul", the principal said.
Female candidates also had victories in several other national and state primaries. Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst in Iraq who served in the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, is a third-generation Michigander who has said she entered the race after being enraged by Republican attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act.