Democrats lead Michigan Supreme Court race, could gain control

November 04, 2020, 7:28 AM

Bridget McCormack and Elizabeth Welch

The two Democrats running for the Michigan Supreme Court were leading Wednesday morning, with with twice as many votes left to be counted in Democrat-leaning counties as Republican ones around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

According to an Associated Press count of the state's tally, incumbent Mary McCormack was leading the six-way race with 31.4 percent of the vote, or 1,861,092, and Elizabeth Welch had 19.4 percent, or 1,149,928.

Republican Mary Kelly had 17.7 percent, or 1,049,797, and the other candidates trailed with 14 percent or less.

An estimated 79 percent of votes had been counted, though the wire service notes "mail-in and early votes may not be included."

The re-election of McCormack and addition of Welch would flip the state's seven-member Supreme Court from GOP to Democratic control. Recently, the court, in a party-line vote, ruled the law underpinning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Covid response was unconstitutional.

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