In what a watchdog group dubbed the “dirtiest” Court race in the country for the large number of attack ads aired, Democrat Diane Hathaway has defeated Cliff Taylor to become the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Hathaway’s victory was unexpected given that Taylor had a significant fundraising advantage of $1.8 million to $370,00 and was on the non-partisan section of the ballot. Additionally, outside money favored Taylor over Hathaway. Hathaway won with 49% of the vote compared to Taylor’s 39%. Libertarian Robert Roddis received 11% of the vote.
Democrat Diane Hathaway won an upset victory to become Chief Justice of Michigan’s Supreme Court. Hathaway defeated Republican Cliff Taylor by a solid margin.