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Political analyst on why women dominated 2018 midterm election in Michigan

Posted: 6:43 PM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-08 08:27:29-05

"This year we saw the year of the woman 2.0," said Dave Dulio, a political science professor at Oakland University, after last night's historic midterm election. 

Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel, Jocelyn Benson, Debbie Stabenow, and the list goes on. 

Whether it’s a governor, attorney general, secretary of state, or senator, Michigan selected Democratic women for every statewide office on Tuesday’s ballot. 

Nationally more women will serve in Congress than ever before.

"The #Metoo movement is without a doubt out in front," said Dulio of why it should come as no surprise. 

Plus, he adds that it follows the massive Women’s March we saw last year in response to Trump’s presidency. 

But being female, Dulio says, wasn’t enough to get them the top jobs. There was something much bigger at play. 

"History tells us midterms are bad for candidates of the president's party," said Dulio. 

In 2010, two years after President Obama was elected, Democrats lost 63 seats in the house. 

Dulio says Democrats had the advantage this year, especially in this state.  

"Michigan has gone back forth," he says. "Every time a governor has exited, Michigan has voted for the other party."