Primary elections were held today in Michigan.
Jennifer Granholm was unable to run for re-election this year, given the term limits on her position as Governor. Virg Bernero appears to have won over Andy Dillon for the Democratic nomination to succeed her. Among the Republicans, Rick Snyder seems to have defeated the campaign of Congressman Peter Hoekstra, as well as three other rivals.
Gary McDowell is the undisputed Democratic nominee to replace retiring U.S. Representative Bart Stupak in the 1st congressional district. For the Republican nomination, Dan Benishek and Jason Allen are now neck and neck, with three other Republicans trailing in the single digits. Update: With almost all precincts now reporting in this district, Benishek and Allen are still almost dead even, with a difference of less than 300 votes between the two.
In the 2nd district, Fred Johnson leads Nicolette McClure for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side, Wayne Kuipers and Bill Huizenga are neck and neck for 1st place, with five other candidates following behind. Update: With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Wayne Kuipers has fallen to third place, with Bill Huizenga leading Jay Riermersma by just a little over 500 votes.
In the 5th district, it appears that John Kupiec will run for the GOP. He is far ahead of Republican rival Rick Wilson. But who will Kupiec run against? Democratic incumbent Dale Kildee has a solid lead over challenger Scott Withers so far.
In the 7th district, Democratic incumbent Mark Schauer was unchallenged from within his own political party this year. Among the Republicans seeking to take the seat from him Tim Walberg is running far ahead of Brian Rooney and Marvin Carlson.
Democratic incumbent Gary Peters was not challenged by anyone from within his party. 9th district Republican Rocky Raczkowski has an early lead to take him on in the general election. However, only 14 percent of precincts are reporting from this district, and so the three other GOP candidates still stand a chance. Update: With 38 percent of precincts now reporting, Raczkowski retains the lead.
Aging incumbent Sander Levin had no trouble fending off the challenge by Democrat Mickey Switalski for the 12th district seat. Don Volaric will be the Republican challenger there.
An upset appears to be in process in the 13th district, where Democratic incumbent Carolyn Kilpatrick is trailing Democratic challenger Hansen Clarke, even with four other Democrats in the race. There is no primary contest on the GOP side, where John Hauler will be the Republican nominee.
Incumbent John Conyers was unchallenged for the Democratic nomination in the 14th district. The Republican nomination in the district is still up for grabs though, with Don Ukrainec currently leading Pauline Montie.
In the 15th district, Democratic incumbent John Dingell was not challenged in today’s primary. Four Republicans have been struggling for the right to take him on in the general election, though. Currently, Rob Steele is in the lead in that contest, with John Lynch in second place.
These results will be updated as more precincts report results.