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GOP maintains majority in Michigan Legislature

November 5, 2014
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GOP maintains majority in Michigan Legislature
The House of Representatives chamber at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. Photo via wikimedia.org

Michigan Republicans maintained control of the state House and will continue their supermajority in the state Senate after Tuesday's general election.

Going into the election, Republicans held a 26 to 12 lead in the Senate and 59 to 50 advantage in the House, where they captured the majority four years ago.

Returns early Wednesday showed the GOP with 26 seats in the Senate and at least 56 in the House.

"While I'm disappointed that we didn't win back a majority in the House, I couldn't be more pleased about the new members who will be joining our caucus," House Democratic leader Tim Greimel said early Wednesday in a statement.

Led by incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder, Republicans also held onto the top elected offices in state government. State Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson also won re-election.

"Michigan's voters spoke loud and clear on Tuesday," said Rep. Aric Nesbitt, chair of the House Republican Campaign Committee. "House Republicans had the candidates, the record of dedicating real results for Michigan families and a commitment to doing the right things instead of the easy things."

Nesbitt was a winner Tuesday in the 66th House District race. The district covers Van Buren County and parts of Kalamazoo County in western Michigan.

"Our candidates really fought hard and we saw a lot of really close races across the state," said Senate Democratic spokesman Bob McCann. "Some fell a little bit short, but they're all certainly proud of the effort they put into the campaign."

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