Snyder, making his first venture into politics, barely broke a sweat in defeating Democrat Virg Bernero 58 percent to 40 percent, the Detroit Free Press reported.
"It looks like we have a good mandate to say it's time to reinvent Michigan," Snyder told his backers in downtown Detroit.
Snyder will succeed two-term Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat.
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