A triumphant Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Wednesday "to step on the accelerator" when her second term begins in January.
The Democrat on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in a campaign that focused on their opposing views on abortion.
Whitmer is a former legislative leader who helped Democrats regain control of the state's top office in 2018 after eight years of Republican leadership. She fought off a late push from Dixon, who never has held elected office.
"I promise to be a governor for all of Michigan. I promise to work with anyone who wants to get things done and compete and win against anyone. We're going to move this state forward," Whitmer told supporters and the media during a briefing Wednesday morning in Detroit.
Whitmer made abortion a key issue in her campaign, highlighting efforts to keep the procedure legal in Michigan after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
In her second term, Whitmer has said she will continue working to build back the state's economy that was hit hard by pandemic lockdowns.
"Michigan's future is bright, and we are about to step on the accelerator," she said.
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