Map: How Gretchen Whitmer won Michigan

The Detroit News

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won the governorship by beating Bill Schuette in 17 of 83 Michigan counties.

Nine of them, however, were counties she flipped; Donald Trump won them en route to the presidency in 2016. Those included Macomb in Metro Detroit, Kent in west Michigan and the state's western-most county, Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula.

Click on the map to see the percentage each candidate won in 2018 and Trump's percentage in 2016.

Whitmer's biggest margin was not in her home county of Ingham, which she represented as a state senator and later prosecutor, but in Washtenaw, home of the University of Michigan, which gave her 72 percent of the vote.

She also had a clean sweep of Michigan's biggest population centers - Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent and Genesee counties.

Schuette did not see his biggest margin in his home county of Midland. The attorney general garnered 71 percent of the vote in Missaukee County to Whitmer's 27.

Schuette did not flip any counties that were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and he under-performed Trump, whom Schuette supported for the presidency, in virtually every county.