Early Wednesday morning, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed supporters in Detroit to thank them for their support and ask for patience as the final votes are counted.
GRETCHEN WHITMER: Oh, thank you, everybody. I am so, so happy to be here with all of you and my family and my partner in governance and all the phenomenal Michiganders who worked so hard to make sure that our voices were heard, to make sure that we set our state on the course that is focused on the future, that is focused on solving problems, not demonizing others, that is focused on ensuring that Michigan is the place to build your life, to raise your family, and to make a great, a great existence here.
We have come a long way, Michigan. We are thrilled, thrilled at the unexpected high turnout. We are thrilled that the three ballot initiatives got passed.
And I never thought I'd be so happy about Fox News, but I'm glad they called this election too.
As the Lieutenant Governor said, we are waiting for some final numbers. And we do not want to keep you here all night long. But we are feeling damn good about where we are heading.
And the prospect of leading this state for four more years is something for which we are incredibly grateful and excited about. And regardless of who is in office, we will always work with anyone who actually wants to solve a problem because there's nothing more important than the people of this state to us, all of the people of this state.
And so I thank you for your encouragement, your support. I thank you for being here until the wee hours of the morning. And I don't know if you want to come back for a little press conference in the morning, but we will be ready to talk about what the future of this state is for the next four years.