Connors and Kuhnke win in Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court judicial races
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Woodyard, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, was hoping to unseat Connors, but the final tally shows Connors with 75.7 percent of the vote.
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Kuhnke, a pro-choice Democrat from Ann Arbor, worked in the final days of the campaign to draw distinctions between her and Fink, a pro-life Republican from Ypsilanti.
"I'm the only person running in my race who believes in marriage equality," she told a crowd of Democrats at a rally on the University of Michigan campus Monday night. "I'm the only person running in my race who believes in a woman's right to chose what happens to her body."
According to PrideSource.com, this makes Kuhnke, an openly gay adoptive mother of two, the first lesbian judge elected in Michigan.
Connors came under fire in the finals days before the election for accepting thousands of dollars in campaign donations from attorneys with cases pending before him in court. Woodyard didn't make an issue of it, but others did, including his boss, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
While Connors made headlines for donations to his campaign, Woodyard made waves on YouTube by posting a video of himself dancing to "Gangnam Style" in front of the courthouse.
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