DEARBORN (AP) – Democrat Debbie Dingell has won the 12th District House seat to succeed her husband, John, who is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress.

She defeated Republican Terry Bowman and two other candidates in Tuesday’s election. The 60-year-old had been expected to win in the Democratic-leaning southeastern Michigan district.

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Debbie Dingell of Dearborn is chair of the Wayne State University Board of governors and Democratic National Committee member. She campaigned on not running to replace her husband, but said she could draw on his experience and her own because she knows his colleagues and constituents.

John Dingell is retiring at the end of this year. He was a 29-year-old lawyer in 1955 when his father died and he won a special election to succeed him.

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