It’ll be Democrat, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero versus Republican, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder in November’s race for Governor of Michigan (more on this).
Meantime, there will be no eighth term in Congress for Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in Michigan’s 13th district. The Detroit Democrat was beaten in Tuesday’s primary by state Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit. She’s the sixth incumbent lawmaker, and the fourth from the House, to lose this year (more on this).
Clarke declared victory as he led Kilpatrick, 48-39 percent with 52 percent of precincts reporting. Four other Democratic challengers were far behind.
“You and I know, that for decades people have run for office in this city to serve themselves, their family members and their friends — not the people who pay the taxes. That has come to and end!” Clarke said.
Clarke has stressed the legal problems of Rep. Kilpatrick’s son, Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned as Detroit mayor in 2008 after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.
It’s likely the Democratic primary winner will easily win in November in the heavily Democratic district. Businessman John Hauler of Grosse Pointe Woods ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Kilpatrick and 11 of Michigan’s 15 congressional incumbents were in Tuesday’s primary, though only three others faced opposition. Each of those three won their races.
Three of Michigan’s seats are open. U.S. Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, and Vernon Ehlers, R-Grand Rapids, were retiring. Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland was giving up his 2nd District seat to run for governor. He was defeated by Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder in that primary.
The absences of Hoekstra and Ehlers on the ballot after 18 years led to crowded GOP fields in their conservative western Michigan districts.
The 2nd District GOP race included businessmen Bill Cooper of Norton Shores and Field Reichardt of Grand Haven; former state Rep. Bill Huizenga of Zeeland; state Sen. Wayne Kuipers and ex-NFL player Jay Riemersma, both of Holland; Ferrysburg City Councilman Chris Larson; and law enforcement officer Ted Schendel of Honor. The Democratic primary pitted Hope College history professor Fred Johnson of Holland against Lake County Commissioner Nicolette McClure of Idlewild.
In the 3rd District, all the GOP candidates except Air Force veteran Bob Overbeek of Wyoming are from Grand Rapids. They included state Rep. Justin Amash, state Sen. Bill Hardiman, former Kent County Commissioner Steve Heacock and attorney Louise “Ellie” Johnson. Ehlers endorsed Heacock.
Both Democratic candidates also are from Grand Rapids: attorney Pat Miles and former Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue.
In southern Michigan’s 7th District, former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton won the Republican primary to set up a November rematch with the man who ousted him from Congress two years ago. Walberg will face Democrat Mark Schauer of Battle Creek who beat the first-term Walberg by about 7,500 votes in 2008.
Republicans have been eyeing Schauer ever since he won in the GOP-leaning district that covers an area stretching from Eaton County just west of Lansing south through Battle Creek, Jackson, Hillsdale and Adrian.
“I’m looking forward to a spirited campaign of ideas about what direction we should take to get our economy back on track,” Schauer said in a statement. “Voters will have a clear choice this November.”
Another first-term Democrat, Gary Peters of Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township, was unopposed in his primary in the suburban Detroit 9th District, but five candidates lined up on the Republican side: businessman and Army Reserve officer Rocky Raczkowski of Farmington Hills; Paul Welday, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, whom Peters unseated two years ago; beauty consultant Anna Janek of Oakland County’s West Bloomfield Township; and former circuit court judge Richard Kuhn of Waterford.
In the 1st District, state Rep. Gary McDowell of Rudyard was the lone Democrat in the race to succeed Stupak. But the GOP side of the ticket was crowded even before the 18-year congressman decided to retire.
Crystal Falls physician Dan Benishek was one of the Republicans who got in early, driven by his anger over the federal health care changes. State Sen. Jason Allen joined the race after Stupak announced his retirement, moving from Traverse City to Alanson so he’d be within the district, which encompasses the Upper Peninsula and much of the northern Lower Peninsula.
Also on the GOP ballot were attorney Linda Goldthorpe of Helmer, steel industry sales representative Tom Stillings of Antrim County’s Torch Lake Township, businessman Patrick Donlon of Mackinac County’s St. Ignace Township and trucking business owner Don Hooper of Iron River.
In other races:
– Kande Ngalamulume pulled out of the race for the 8th District Democratic nomination, but remained the sole name on the ballot. Former educator Lance Enderle of East Lansing was running as a write-in candidate in the mid-Michigan district, but in order to win he needed to receive more votes than Ngalamulume and a minimum number of votes required by state election law.
– Four Republicans were facing off in southeastern Michigan’s 15th District for the right to face Dearborn Democrat John Dingell. They were Tony Amorose, a middle school teacher from Dearborn Heights; database systems project manager Jack Lynch of Ypsilanti; Dearborn lawyer Majed Moughni; and Rob Steele, a cardiologist from Washtenaw County’s Superior Township.
Turnout was low in some areas and moderate in others as Michigan voters cast ballots in a primary election that will determine which two gubernatorial candidates face off in November. The secretary of state estimated 1.7 million voters would turn out, about 23 percent.
At Warren’s 18th Precinct, chairperson Dolores Murphy the day was slow but steady.
“Typical for a Primary,” Murphy said. “You’ll find the General Election, it will pick it right up, you know. And it will be a lot busier,” she said. More on this.
In Missouri, voters overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections. More on this.
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