Legislature: GOP set to hold 3 of 4 Senate seats in Macomb
Republicans appeared set to control three of the four state Senate seats representing Macomb County, continuing the parties' current standing, according to unofficial election results.
The four incumbents were term-limited in a county that Donald Trump won by 12 percentage points in 2016.
In District 10, the closest race, unofficial results from the county clerk had Republican Mike MacDonald of Macomb Township defeating term-limited Democratic Rep. Henry Yanez of Sterling Heights, 51 percent to 46.4 percent. Libertarian Mike Saliba had 2.5 percent. .
MacDonald would replace Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, and represent all of Sterling Heights and Macomb Township, along with the portion of Clinton Township north of Metropolitan Parkway.
MacDonald, 38, the vice president of the Michigan Air Force Association, was targeted during the campaign for a drunk driving accident in July 2007.
In the collision, MacDonald struck a motorcyclist who ultimately lost a leg. Both were inebriated, and neither was charged in the accident, though both served probation for drunk driving.
A mailer from the state Democratic organization brought up the specifics of the incident and questioned MacDonald's fitness for office.
MacDonald responded with a statement declaring that "for me, it led to remorse and a commitment to never let it happen again." He followed that with a commercial scolding Yanez for dredging up irrelevant history.
Yanez, 61, a retired firefighter and paramedic, said he hadn't campaigned on the incident. When asked, however, he contended that MacDonald's lack of disclosure was more the issue than the accident itself.
Another current House member, Republican Peter Lucido of St. Clair Shores, defeated Democrat Paul Francis of St. Clair Shores in District 8 in the race to replace Republican Jack Brandenburg. Lucido collected 61.8 percent to 38.2 percent for Francis with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial county clerk results.
The elongated district covers all of St. Clair Shores and then tracks northeast along Lake St. Clair, veers west from Lenox Township to Washington Township, and then branches north to Bruce Township and south to Shelby Township.
In District 9, former state representative and Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno defeated Republican Jeff Bonnell of Roseville, according to AP. Wojno, who succeeds fellow Democrat Steven Bieda, held a 66 percent to 34 percent lead in the unofficial final tally from the county clerk.
The district encompasses Warren, Roseville, Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser and the southern end of Clinton Township.
Republican Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township defeated Democrat Debbie Bourgois in District 25, according to the AP, which called the race as Lauwers led with 66.5 percent of the vote to 33.5 percent. The exiting incumbent is Republican Phil Pavlov.
District 25 rises through New Baltimore, Richmond and Memphis into St. Clair and Sanilac counties.