The state representative from Southfield will become the first Black woman on the high court, succeeding outgoing Justice Bridget McCormack.
Detroiters describe how abortion rights, investments in infrastructure, public education and COVID policies helped shape the city’s election results.
Democrats sweep statewide races, flip a congressional seat and appear to have won control of the Michigan Legislature. They may have Proposal 3 and the fight for abortion rights to thank for driving voter turnout.
Bernstein, a Democratic nominee and Republican-nominated Zahra will return to the state’s highest court. Their reelection maintains the 4-3 advantage on the court for justices nominated by the Democratic Party.
Michigan voters easily approved ballot proposals Tuesday that will change state term limit laws, require financial disclosure for public officials and expand early voting in the state.
The race for secretary of state became a referendum on the 2020 presidential election, which the incumbent Democrat Benson oversaw.
In early results, it remains uncertain which party will control Michigan’s congressional delegation.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accepts a congratulatory call from President Joe Biden. Votes are still being counted, but the first-term Democrat has an insurmountable lead.
With nearly 85 percent of the statewide vote in, support for Proposal 3, which would enshrine abortion rights in the Michigan Constitution, led 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent.
Democratic AG Dana Nessel prevailed Tuesday over a Republican nominee who threatened to prosecute her and other statewide Democratic leaders if elected.