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Granholm wins in Michigan


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LANSING, Michigan (CNN) -- Democrat Jennifer Granholm became Michigan's first female governor Tuesday, defeating Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus, CNN projected.

Granholm scored a convincing primary win over two party heavyweights, defeating former Gov. James Blanchard, who served as ambassador to Canada under President Clinton, and House Minority Whip David Bonior.

She led Posthumus, the Republican nominee, by double digits. Republicans have held the governor's office here for 12 years under Gov. John Engler, although the state has shown signs of trending Democratic.

Republicans criticized Granholm for dithering over her running mate selection while Posthumus moved deftly to name state Sen. Loren Bennett. They also painted Granholm as inexperienced on budget matters and highlighted her history serving in public office in Wayne County, a locality with a notorious past reputation for corruption, whose principal city is Detroit. But for the most part, the attacks didn't stick, and Granholm was helped by visits from Clinton.

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