Cox upended in Michigan

John O'Brien Aug. 3, 2010, 11:34pm


LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Political newcomer Rick Snyder emerged victorious in Tuesday's primary election in Michigan that determined the Republican candidate for governor, defeating state Attorney General Mike Cox.

Cox and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra were shown to be locked in a virtual tie in a Detroit News-Local 4 WDIV poll three weeks ago, but Snyder emerged from a field of five GOP candidates Tuesday. Snyder will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the general election.

Snyder is the former CEO of Gateway Computers.

"Our focus from this evening forward is on jobs, jobs and more jobs," his Web site said Tuesday night.

"We only get this one chance to bring Michigan back to prosperity."

Current Gov. Jennifer Granholm could not run again because of term limits.

One of Snyder's most high-profile endorsements was that of William Clay Ford, chairman of the board of directors at Ford Motor Company.

Cox has been attorney general since 2003. He was endorsed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

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