Debbie Stabenow defeats controversial Republican John James

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Debbie Stabenow
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow held off a challenge from Republican candidate John James.

With 49 percent of the vote tallied at 11:09 p.m., Stabenow had a 52.2-45.8 lead, according to the New York Times.

Stabenow — the definition of a centrist Dem — led by as much as 23 points in September polls, but the race tightened in the final weeks. James, a Trump-style candidate, caused controversy several times as he closed the gap. 

Last month, one of his campaign commercials displayed a swastika, which he claimed it was accident. Earlier today, Metro Times reported that James, a black man, took campaign money from a white supremacist group. The James campaign never responded to requests for comment.

click to enlarge John James took money from white supremacists. - Screen grab
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John James took money from white supremacists.

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