Royal Oak Tribune

McCormack, Welch claim victory in Supreme Court race


DETROIT » Chief Justice Bridget McCormack was coasting to reelection Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court, and another Democratic nominee was ahead in the race for a second seat.

McCormack felt comfortabl­e enough to welcome Elizabeth Welch to the court, saying the Grand Rapids-area lawyer will be a “fair, independen­t and accountabl­e voice.”

If the results hold up, Democratic Party nominees will be in the majority, 4- 3, for the first time since 2010.

McCormack had 32% of the vote, followed by Welch at roughly 20%, with 92% of precincts reporting.

The two top finishers win election to the state’s highest court.

Mary Kelly, a former prosecutor who was nominated by the Republican Party, was running third with 17.2%. Brock Swartzle, an appeals court judge and another GOP nominee, was fourth at 14%.

“My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming Justice Welch to the bench and hope that will be in person,” McCormack said, referring to the use of video conferenci­ng during the coronaviru­s pandemic.

McCormack and Welch ran as a team, appearing in TV ads and on billboards.

Supreme Court candidates don’t have party designatio­ns next to their name, but McCormack had the advantage of being listed as a current justice. She also has been praised for leading the statewide court system as chief justice through the pandemic.

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