Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Bernstein, a University of Michigan Regent, officially declared that he will not become a statewide candidate and quickly endorsed former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer as part of his announcement. Ms. Whitmer is gaining momentum in the Democratic primary, particularly after US Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flushing/Flint) who was thought to be the party front-runner, decided to remain in the House. Though there are five other announced Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Ms. Whitmer has clearly positioned herself to build a consensus candidacy.
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