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5 things to know about the election in Michigan

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012


Gov. Rick Snyder believed only one of six proposals on Tuesday's statewide ballot deserved to pass. Voters didn't agree. All six failed.

Collective bargaining protections sought by unions didn't make it. Neither did efforts by the owner and operators of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada to have voters decide when Michigan could spend money on new international border crossings. That effort cost bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun millions in advertising dollars.

But Snyder also suffered a setback. Proposal 1, a referendum the emergency manager law he signed in 2011 to help municipalities and public school districts out of financial emergencies, also lost.

Managers currently are working in the cities of Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac, Ecorse and Allen Park, as well as Highland Park, Detroit and Muskegon Heights schools. A defeat of Proposal 1 won't cast them out, but it will lessen their powers as the state reverts to the older and less intrusive Public Act 72.


Entering Tuesday's election U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit and fellow Democrat John Dingell of Dearborn had spent a total of 52 terms in Congress. Conyers easily captured his 25th term by walloping Republican Harry Sawicki in Michigan's 13th House district. Dingell is moving on to his 29th term with a win over Republican Cynthia Kallgren in the 12th District.

Conyers is 83. Dingell turned 86 in July.