Michigan’s primary ballots have been cast, and for most of the state’s Congressional races, the general election battle lines have been drawn.
For voters in southeastern Michigan, results were delayed due to malfunctions in Wayne County’s reporting system for incoming vote tallies.
Two of the most contested primaries – the Republican and Democratic races for the open seat in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District to be vacated by sitting U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham – were called by the Associated Press at 10:38 a.m.
In the 13th Congressional District, it’s still unclear who is the winner for a special election to fill the remainder of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s vacated term starting in November. For the full two-year term, the Associated Press called the race for Rashida Tlaib, who is poised to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress if unofficial results hold.
Below is a list of the primary victors Michigan voters will see on their ballot based on unofficial results reported late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Check out the link below for a full list of results in all of Michigan’s state and federal primary races.
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1th Congressional District
With five-way primaries on both the Democratic and Republican side, the 11th District was the race to watch.
In the Republican primary, businesswoman Lena Epstein was declared the victor by the AP at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday with 30.74 percent of the vote. Former state lawmaker Rocky Raczkowski was following behind with 25.4 percent of the vote, followed by state Sen. Mike Kowall, state Rep. Klint Kesto and former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.
In the Democratic primary, Haley Stevens was declared the winner with 27.05 percent of the vote. State Rep. Tim Greimel had 21.77 percent of the vote and Suneel Gupta had 21.27 percent, followed by Fayrouz Saad and Nancy Skinner.
The seat is being vacated by Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, at the end of the term. Trott was first elected to the seat in 2014.
Libertarian Leonard Schwartz and independent Cooper Nye will also be on the general election ballot.