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Michigan: John Conyers Wins; Pete Hoekstra to Face Debbie Stabenow

Rep. John Conyers easily held off multiple primary challengers. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. John Conyers easily held off multiple primary challengers. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 12:06 a.m. | Michigan Rep. John Conyers held off a crowded field in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, paving the way for the second-longest-serving House Member to cruise to a 25th term in November.

Conyers had 54 percent of the vote in the 13th district against a field of challengers that included state Sen. Glenn Anderson, with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Anderson was in second place with 19 percent.

As a result of redistricting, Conyers sought re-election in a Detroit district of mostly new turf for him, including some suburbs in the western part.

The victory of Conyers, 83, means he will serve for a 25th term in this heavily Democratic district. Conyers is second in seniority behind fellow Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who is the dean of the House and now serving in his 29th term.

In other Wolverine State primary results Tuesday, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra easily captured the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in November. He defeated charter schools executive Clark Durant, 54 percent to 34 percent, with 74 of precincts reporting.

Hoekstra faces an tough challenge in defeating Stabenow this November. Roll Call rates this race as Likely Democratic.

Other noteworthy results from Tuesday’s House primaries in Michigan:

  • The best news of the night for Democrats came in the 11th district, which is shaping up to be the strangest House race of the 2012 cycle. Reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio defeated former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, a write-in candidate, for the Republican nomination. He faces internist Syed Taj in a general election that Democrats now view as potentially competitive. The seat is open because Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R) dropped his re-election bid in June after he submitted erroneous ballot petitions.
  • In the 3rd district, former state Rep. Steve Pestka won the Democratic nomination and will face freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R) this fall. Democrats nominated Pestka over Trevor Thomas, an aide to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Democrats argue the seat is competitive but have yet to reserve any airtime there — a sign the party isn’t fully committed to the race just yet.
  • In the 6th district, Rep. Fred Upton beat back a GOP primary challenge from former state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk. He defeated his challenger by an even larger margin than in their 2010 race.