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Democrats’ Michigan Governor Race Now a Crowd

John Cherry‘s two terms as lieutenant governor of Michigan make him a solid early favorite to win the nomination for the contest to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. But it has long been clear that he will face opponents for the August 2010 primary, with the main question being, “How many?”

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That number rose to two officially announced rivals last week, when former state Rep. John Freeman told the Detroit Free Press he is getting into the race. Freeman, a lawyer, joined state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, who announced her bid for governor in late June.

George Perles, a former head football coach at Michigan State University and now an elected trustee of that school, has not officially launched a candidacy but has publicly stated he plans to run. And two experienced officeholders, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and state House Speaker Andy Dillon, are thinking about entering the Democratic race.

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