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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Here are the big U.S. House, Senate primary winners in Michigan

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 9:21 AM

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Yesterday was Michigan's primary election. For more on the gubernatorial candidates that will go on to the November general, click here.

Below are the winners of close contests for U.S. Senate and House.

U.S. Senate
Republican businessman and Iraq war veteran John James beat out businessman Sandy Pensler 55 to 45 after receiving President Donald Trump's endorsement. James will now go up against incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won John Conyers' former district with 33 percent of the vote. Tlaib is a progressive Democrat who supports single-payer health care and limiting the influence of corporations in government and electoral politics. She beat out Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who received 29 percent of the vote. Westland Mayor Bill Wild, former Detroit mayoral candidate and state Sen. Coleman Young II, state Sen. Ian Conyers, and former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson came away with 14, 12, 6, and 5 percent of the vote, respectively.

The winner of this primary will almost certainly go on to win the general election.

Longtime Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin's son, Andy Levin, beat former state Rep. Ellen Lipton with 53 percent of the vote to Lipton's 42. Levin is a businessman who once headed a state agency under former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The winner of this blue district is expected to win the general.

MI-11: Democrat Haley Stevens and Republican Lena Epstein were each leading crowded fields by 4 to 5 percentage points in the early morning hours, with about 85 percent of precincts in the district reporting. Republican Rep. Dave Trott is retiring from the seat.

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