The results, with all precincts counted but results un-certified are:
"The Candidate"....17715 votes
The Incumbent......17403 votes
Nationally the Republicans had a very strong showing. They will likely find they "won" a chance to hold the tiger by the tail. Many of our challenges are the result of long term trends that will be tricky to unwind.
Several years ago mid-Michigan had a seventy-seven vehicle collision. It was a warm, balmy day in March. The sky was clear and the pavement was dry. In one quarter mile stretch, the warm balmy air rolled over a snow covered field and created a heavy fog bank. Vehicle-after-vehicle went into the fog bank. Many never hit the brakes or attempted to turn. The collisions went on, and on, and on.
Few acquitted themselves well during the event because it required an unusual amalgam of caution and boldness. The caution was to recognized the hazard, even though the traffic had successfully zoomed through many other local fog banks in other locations on the road. The boldness was to slow down enough and/or bail out to the median or ditch. It was not enough to take one's foot off the accelerator or tap-off the cruise control.
The Republican success will be short-lived if they cannot figure out how to co-join the correct kinds of caution and boldness.