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August 3, 2010

Bernero wins Dem. nomination for gov.

DETROIT (AP) — Virg Bernero won the Democratic primary for Michigan governor Tuesday over the party’s top state lawmaker, rallying in the final weeks with the support of labor unions and a populist’s pledge to revive the state’s ravaged economy.

With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, defeated House Speaker Andy Dillon of suburban Detroit, 59 percent to 41 percent.

Many voters cited the economy and leadership as critical factors in their primary choices. Democrat John Manolis of Dearborn said he voted for Bernero largely because of his support for unions.

“Union’s a dirty word, but people don’t realize the union wage also pushes everybody else’s wage,” said Manolis, a 62-year-old who lost his job as a contract employee at the state health department several years ago and has had trouble finding a full-time job.

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