Ann Arbor's own candidate for Michigan Supreme Court, University of Michigan professor Bridget Mary McCormack, led all candidates in a crowded field to earn a seat on the bench for the next eight years.
Michigan's voters were not as kind to the rest of the women running for Michigan's highest court. All four lost as incumbents Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra won re-election.
The election of McCormack and the return of Markman and Zahra mean that Republican appointees and nominees will retain their 4-3 advantage on the court for at least the next two years.
In the contest for two eight-year terms, McCormack gained the most votes statewide, 1,545,262 (23.8%) leading Markman's 1,494,361 (23.0%). Trailing both were Democratic nominee Connie Kelley, 1,397,973 (21.6%), Republican nominee Colleen O'Brien, 1,384,474 (21.3%), Libertarian nominees Kerry Morgan and Bob Roddis with 263,573 (4.1%) and 180,833 (2.9%), respectively, and Natural Law Party nominee Doug Dern, 218,990 (3.4%).
McCormack won an even more overwhelming victory in Washtenaw County, where she received 30.5% of the ballots cast. Close behind her in the countywide balloting was Kelley, whose share was 24.9%. Farther back were Markman and O'Brien with 18.7% and 17.9% respectively, followed by the minor party candidates, who averaged one percent less of the vote share in the county than statewide.
The election for the two-year partial term featured an even larger lead for incumbent Brian Zahra. He earned 1,742,193 votes (49.5%) to Democratic nominee Shelia Johnson's 1,467,483 (41.7%) and U.S. Taxpayers Party nominee Mindy Barry's 307,050 (8.7%). Barry can take some consolation in receiving more votes than any other minor party nominee, not only for Michigan Supreme Court, but for any statewide office.
If Washtenaw County voters had their way, Johnson would have won the seat with 49.4% of their votes to Zahra's 42.4% and Barry's 7.6%.
McCormack thanked her supporters and promised to do her duty in an announcement on her campaign's Facebook page.
"My election to the Michigan Supreme Court is a victory for the working men and women across the state who want and deserve a fair shake in our court system. I’m proud to say their votes have been counted and their voices have been heard.
"Armed with the support of former governors, distinguished retired military officers and representatives from law enforcement, business, and labor we delivered the message that our system works best for everyone when we follow the rule of law and keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom.
"To those who supported me and to those who did not, the people of Michigan have my steadfast commitment that I will serve them with the utmost integrity and fairness."
Zahra also acknowledged his election on his campaign's Facebook page.
"Team Z and I would like to thank all of our supporters for their efforts in getting me elected. I am proud and excited to be able to serve on your Michigan Supreme Court.
"Without all of you sending my friend to friend cards, liking me on FB and Twitter, and telling everyone about the importance of the rule of law, I could not have won.
"I would like to reaffirm a pledge I make to all of my supporters.
"1) I pledge to always be hard working and humble and that Justice is my job, not my name.
"2) I pledge to always be faithful to the law and to apply the law as it's given to me by the legislature without inputting my subjective view on what the law ought to be.
"3) I promise to conduct myself personally and professionally in a way to make each and everyone of you proud to say that you supported my campaign."