Election Night in Metro Detroit and Michigan –  Deadline Detroit

10:45 p.m.

Updates from elsewhere: In the crowded 11th District U.S. Congressional race, Republican Lena Epstein and Democrat Haley Stevens are leading their respective tickets, the Detroit News reports. But only about a third of precincts have reported yet. And the SMART millage is passing by wide margins in Wayne and Oakland Counties, and a comfortable one in Macomb. 

10:35 p.m. 

Gretchen Whitmer at her victory party. (Photo: Allan Lengel)

Gretchen Whitmer takes the stage to a rock-star ovation, after a long warmup by other Democrats: “We need to throw Bill Schuette a big retirement party November 6.”

10:28 p.m.

10:20 p.m.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow was part of Whitmer’s warmup set. (Photo: Allan Lengel)

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is warming up the crowd for nominee Whitmer, trashing her opponent, Attorney General Bill Schuette, for his views on health care. He’s followed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who will face Republican John James in the fall. 

10:12 p.m. 

10 p.m. 

GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette, addressing supporters in Midland, lists his accomplishments. “Here’s the decision in November: Do we want to go forward or do we want to go back?”

9:55 p.m.

Over at Abdul El-Sayed’s gathering at Cobo, the mood is more up and down. From our stringer: “At times the optimism is unwavering and strong; other times you can hear a collective groan in the crowd, as they know but don’t say out loud that Abdul won’t claim victory tonight. It’s a diverse crowd: White, black, Latino, Arabs, men and women, baby boomer and millennials. This guy probably won’t win this primary but he can bring an eclectic group of people together.”

9:50 p.m. 

Gongwer calls the GOP U.S. Senate primary for John James. If it holds, he’ll face incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November. She seeks a fourth term and had no primary opponent.

9:41 p.m. 

More people start to fill the room at Gretchen Whitmer’s party at the Motor City Casino. “We’re feeling good” about the results, press secretary Nicole Simmons says. Most news organizations now call it a win for Whitmer.

Whitmer supporters watch results come in (Photo: Allan Lengel)

9:31 p.m.

9:07 p.m.

Still very early, but Abdul El-Sayed is running a strong second in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, well behind leader Gretchen Whitmer but well ahead of political novice Shri Thanedar. Late endorsements and rallies by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders may have helped put him over the top. 

8:52 p.m.

It’s like a bakery running low on flour, a post office short of stamps, a wedding band without enough songs to make it through the night.

Michigan had a primary without enough ballots at some Detroit-area polling places.

“Numerous reports from across Metro Detroit have voters waiting in line or being turned away at the polls because of a lack of ballots due to high turnout,” reports The Detroit News.

“The Bureau of Elections sent out a reminder to county clerks this evening about procedures for addressing ballot shortages,” Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said in an email. 

He says municipal “clerks can print and deliver additional ballots to precincts. If needed, workers can photocopy a blank ballot.”

The paper quotes a Farmington Hills man, Jim Meredith, who couldn’t vote around 6 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m. when he returned because no ballots were left at his precinct.

“There was a long line of people who had been in line and were giving up,” he said via email. “Many others, arriving and being told of the situation, were leaving without voting. One of the officials there said, ‘this is happening all over Oakland County.'”

Democrats get Little Caesar’s pizza at Gretchen Whitmer’s results-watching party in Motor City Casino. (Photo by Allan Lengel)

8:50 p.m. 

While it’s still early, The Detroit News is reports that John James has a comfortable lead on Sandy Pensler in the GOP U.S. Senate primary — 58 to 42 percent. But it’s still really early. 

8:43 p.m. 

MIRS, Associated Press and other news sources report that Bill Schuette has easily walked off with the Republican nomination for governor. So there’s one side of the ticket.

Schuette earlier told reporters he’s “confident but not cocky” about a big win, and called the Democratic gubernatorial primary “weekend at Bernie’s,” tweets Michael Gerstein of The Detroit News.

8:40 p.m.

We have an important pizza photo update to bring you from the Whitmer party, still in its early stages at the Motor City Casino Sound Board: It’s Little Caesars.

8:22 p.m.

Not everyone in media is monitoring results, as the City of Detroit’s “chief storyteller” shows:

8:20 p.m.

Late this afternoon and evening, we started hearing reports like this. Unknown how it may complicate results coming in, but it portends far heavier turnout than originally estimated:

8 p.m.

Join Deadline Detroit as we watch the results come in from today’s election. Polls are closing, and we have staffers at parties, monitoring social media and other reports. We’ll put it all in this post, so keep refreshing until we tell you to stop. 

Oh, wait, we’re getting a dispatch right now. Let’s go over to the DD teletype and see what it says:

Small crowd of people gathering inside Whitmer party at Motor City Casino, eating square pizza.

Pizza. It’s what drives election night. 

Back soon. Stay close. 

7:23 p.m.

The Secretary of State’s office tweets:

“All voters in line by 8 pm will be able to vote and should not leave the polling place. Some precincts have reported running low on ballots.”

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