The best races and Tuesday's results

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The polls were open Tuesday, with several metro Detroit cities holding elections.

Here's the unofficial results of the races we're keeping a very close eye on. To see results county-by-county, click here. 

UPDATE: Courser/Gamrat

Both former state representatives have conceded defeat in their attempt to win their House seats back.

Cindy Gamrat,
who had 9.75 percent of the vote, conceded at 9:30 p.m. according to FOX 17 West Michigan. About 80 percent of districts were reporting with Mary Whiteford leading with 51 percent of the vote. 

Todd Courser was trailing by a large margin as of 10 p.m. running in seventh of 14 candidates. Courser had 299 votes out of 10,500 votes cast.

In the special primary held to fill Courser's seat, the leader was fellow Republican Gary Howell, who had 2,263 votes.

Courser resigned and Cindy Gamrat was expelled in September. The two were found in a complicated love affair that involved Courser sending a fake email to GOP activists and others claiming he caught with a male prostitute. The email was intended to make his affair with the 42-year-old Gamrat appear less believable if it were exposed.

Both Courser and Gamrat were on the ballots, hoping to get their jobs back. Courser resigned his seat in Lapeer County and Gamrat was voted out by her peers. Both are running for the Republican nominations in today's primary. 

Southfield Mayor

(7:15 a.m.) With all 18 precincts reporting, Ken Siver holds a lead of 7,119 votes to Sylvia Jordan's 5,350.

The race for a new mayor in Southfield will also be closely watched, where the two candidates have each been targets of discrimination. 

Siver is openly gay, and some of his campaign signs were damaged. The other candidate, Jordan,  is a black woman. She was targeted when someone passed around a flyer rallying to "get the blacks out of Southfield in November."  

Pot ballots:

Keego Harbor says yes 

According to Oakland County's website, small amounts of marijuana were approved by a count of 260 yes votes to 210 for no.

 Voters were deciding whether to legalize marijuana for residents 21 and older. The proposal would make it legal for residents to have small amounts of pot in private homes. 

Ohio says no 

We're also keeping a close eye on our neighbors to the south where Ohio voters have rejected a proposal for recreational and medical marijuana.

The vote on whether to allow marijuana for retail sale was losing late by a 2-1 margin.  If Ohio had voted to legalize pot, that could be seen as a tipping point historically. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. So you would figure the federal law would have been forced to change. 


Voters will decide on the city council and a millage increase for city schools.

There are several other important races of note. Here are the ones we're watching:

In Macomb County, the two largest cities are electing mayors.

In Warren, Jim Fouts won his third term against Karen Spranger with 85 percent of the vote.

And in Sterling Heights, Mayor Michael Taylor (81.2 percent) defeated Paul Smith to keep his seat.

In what is being called a historic win, write-in mayoral candidate Bryan Barnett won in Rochester Hills with 53 percent of the vote.

Voters elected mayors in Allen Park (William Matakas), Livonia (Dennis Wright), Huntington Woods (Robert F. Paul III), Rochester Hills and Fraser (Joe Nichols), Grosse Pointe City (Dale Scrace), Grosse Pointe Farms (James Farquhar), (Garden City (Randy Walker), Flat Rock (Jonathan Dropiewski), Gibraltar (Jim Gorris), Southgate (Joe Kuspa).

Voters in 16 school districts are also being asked to consider tax millages.

In Macomb County, Armada and Romeo schools have issues on the ballot.

In Oakland County, voters will decide on millages in Rochester, Ferndale, Troy, Farmington and Pontiac.

In Wayne County, Southgate, Woodhaven-Brownstown, Inkster, Highland Park, Gibraltar, Van Buren, Dearborn Heights, and Clarenceville schools have millages on the ballot.

In Harper Woods, voters will decide whether to merge police and fire service to create a public safety department with one chief.

The polls are open now and close at 8 p.m. Stay with FOX 2 for results, which you can see later this evening and tomorrow here.