ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Celebratory hugs were in order as Ed McBroom has claimed the seat as the 38th District State Senator-elect.
"It’s a little bit surreal especially after so many long days," said McBroom.
The former State Representative for the 108th District began his campaign more than a year and a half ago.
McBroom says he is humbled by this win and admits it’s a bit daunting.
"You know, considering the thousands of people who said I was the right man for this job, I just want to continue to earn that trust with them."
McBroom and his supporters held a watch party at the in Escanaba as results came in late Tuesday night, into early Wednesday morning.
After 100 percent of the precincts reported, McBroom defeated Democrat Scott Dianda by an 11 percent margin.
"I am proud to have worked with him and served with him," McBroom said about Dianda.
Although it wasn’t a win for the 110th State Representative, Dianda couldn’t be more proud of his supporters that brought him this far.
"I want to thank the people of the U.P. for them being willing to listen to what I had to say for the last nine months because it hasn’t been easy on their mailboxes or anybody who has been knocking on all their doors, so it’s been a pleasure to have these conversations," said Dianda.
McBroom will be replacing term-limited State Senator, Tom Casperson (R), who Ed considers a mentor that prioritizes the U.P. and works to advocate policies.
"I want to be able to continue both of those legacies and work hard for the people and work hard to deliver our message in Lansing," said McBroom.
As the next state senator, McBroom plans to fix auto insurance and return local control to schools for curriculum.
"I’m just passionate about continuing that work and then you have the office work about helping people every day with people who call in and need help with a small or big issue."
McBroom will officially be sworn in as the 38th District State Senator the first of the year.