Mich. re-elects Obama, Stabenow; downs proposals

By NOAH TRISTER

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters helped President Barack Obama earn a second term and launched Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow to re-election.

They also rejected two labor-backed ballot proposals aimed at protecting union rights and maintained Republicans' majority in the state's U.S. House delegation.

The victories by Stabenow and Obama were among the first to become clear as Michigan results poured in, and neither was a surprise. Obama had a reservoir of good will in the state after championing federal assistance for General Motors and Chrysler, and Stabenow billed herself as a moderate bipartisan focused on Michigan jobs.

Meanwhile all proposals on Michigan's ballot failed to pass muster with voters. Five of them would have altered the state constitution.

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