Long night yields expected results, few upsets #MiPrimary #TellUsDetroit #TellUsUSANewsNetwork
August 8, 2012 Leave a comment
By Karen Hudson Samuels/Tell Us Detroit
DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – U.S. Rep. Gary Peters won a faceoff with Hansen Clarke which leaves Detroit without two black members of Congress for the first time in nearly a half-century.
Fewer than fifty Clarke supporters left the Burton Theater in Detroit at about midnight without hearing a concession speech. A senior staff member, said Clarke “was with his family” and would have a statement Wednesday.
John Conyers – one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus – easily survived a crowded primary fight of his own. The broad field he ran against was Conyers’ biggest ally due to other candidates splitting the vote.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra won Michigan’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating back a challenge from two candidates who questioned his record as a conservative.
Hoekstra’s victory over charter school foundation executive Clark Durant and former Kent County Judge Randy Hekman sets up a November matchup with two-term Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.
Detroit has had two black representatives since 1965, when Conyers took office alongside then-Rep. Charles Diggs. But the GOP-controlled Legislature added suburban territory to the city’s two districts after results of the 2010 census dropped Michigan’s House delegation from 15 to 14.
By clinching the Democratic nomination, Conyers is considered the overwhelming favorite to win a 25th term in November.
Peters said he gained the confidence of black voters in the majority-minority district with extensive outreach and a focus on results. He visited about 50 black churches and won endorsements from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and an activist group called The Black Slate, as well as leading unions and the Detroit Regional Chamber.
In a closely watched race that went down to the wire in the 6th district seat of the Michigan House, Detroit Democrat Maureen Stapleton lost to fellow State Representative Rashida Tlaib.
In metro Detroit two more incumbents faced defeat in races that pitted them against their Michigan House colleagues.
With a majority of precincts reporting, Rep. Jimmy Womack of the 3rd District lost to Rep. John Olumba.
Leading the count for most of Tuesday, Rep. Tim Bledsoe was ahead in three Grosse Pointes, which is his stronghold. However, by the end of the night, his opponent Alberta Tinsley-Talabi received 573 more votes, enough to win the nomination for the Democratic seat for the second district in the Michigan State House of Representatives.
In another closely watched primary race Tuesday, Republican tea party favorite and political novice Kerry Bentivolio prevailed over a former state senator in the district abandoned by former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned after failing to produce enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.