Michigan’s historic 2022 election in photos

By: and - November 13, 2022 11:33 am

“Grillin’ with Gretchen” campaign event for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at Michigan State University, Sept. 29, 2022 | Andrew Roth

Every campaign comes with the promise that it will be the most important one in history.

While the history books have yet to be written on Michigan’s 2022 election, we do know that it was, indeed historic, with Democrats sweeping all top statewide offices with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel earning reelection; winning a majority in the congressional delegation; maintaining their edge on the state Supreme Court; and flipping both houses of the Legislature for the first time in almost 40 years.

The Michigan Advance staff has covered the campaign every step of the way, not just with news stories but also in thousands of photos. We’ve compiled some of our most notable pictures from the trail, led by photographer Andrew Roth, with contributions from Laina G. Stebbins, Allison R. Donahue, Ken Coleman and Kyle Davidson.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist


Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson


Democrats on the campaign trail


Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon and running mate Shane Hernandez


GOP attorney general nominee Matt DePerno and GOP secretary of state nominee Kristina Karamo


Republicans on the campaign trail  



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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

Andrew Roth
Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.