Updated congressional results: Hoadley squeaks by; Tlaib, Meijer score big

Peter Meijer in Grand Rapids | Nick Manes
Updated, 8:24 a.m., 8/6/20 with winner in the 8th District

Votes were still being counted in congressional primaries last night, given the influx of absentee ballots. But now we have a clearer picture on races on both the Democratic and GOP sides of the aisle.

Here are some key races the Advance is tracking:

13th Congressional District

Progressive U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has defeated two-time rival Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the Democratic primary for this Detroit-based district, posting 66% to Jones’ 34% with 87% of precincts now reporting.

“Headlines said I was the most vulnerable member of the Squad,” Tlaib wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning. “My community responded last night and said our Squad is big. It includes all who believe we must show up for each other and prioritize people over profits. It’s here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.”

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3rd Congressional District

Five Republicans battled it out for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District on the west side of the state, but Iraq War veteran and Meijer chain fortune heir Peter Meijer took an early lead and wound up on top.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Meijer finished with 50.2%. Runner-up state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Twp.) stands at 26.1%, while Thomas Norton has 15.8%, Joe Farrington has 4.2% and Emily Rafi has 3.7%.

Meijer declared victory late Tuesday night.

“Tonight, West Michigan voters sent a resounding message that we are tired of playing the political games of the past,” Meijer said in a press release. “The time has come for a Republican party that offers solutions based on conservative values like limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty, to tackle issues in the present and the challenges sure to come.”

Democrat Hillary Scholten ran unopposed in the primary. November’s winner will take the GOP-leaning seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (L-Grand Rapids), who is not running for reelection.

6th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) scored a big win over Elena Oelke, 62.5% to 37.5%, with 100% of precincts reporting.

Upton wasted no time Wednesday announcing his campaign has launched its first digital ad of the 2020 cycle. The video highlights his efforts to help Southwest Michigan families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

He will face state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) in the general, one of four openly LGBTQ members of the state Legislature. Hoadley was suddenly met with the possibility of an upset Tuesday night as Jen Richardson took a steady but narrow lead, but Hoadley overcame the difference Wednesday morning for a 52.3% to 47.7% win with 100% of precincts reporting.

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8th Congressional District

With 100% of precincts reporting, the winner on the GOP side is former TV anchor Paul Junge, also a former President Trump administration immigration official.* The tight primary to represent Michigan’s Livingston, Ingham and Oakland counties took awhile to call. Junge, who drew 35.1%, faces off against freshman incumbent U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in November.

Real estate manager Mike Detmer has 28.6%. East Lansing attorney Kristina Lyke is in third place with 25.4%, while former U.S. Marine Alan Hoover has 10.9%.

10th Congressional District

Lisa McClain eked out a narrow win over state Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) in the GOP fight for the 10th Congressional District in Michigan’s “Thumb” region, with 41.7% to 36.4% and 100% of precincts reporting. Doug Slocum trailed behind the other candidates with 21.9%.

McLain would become the first female Republican elected to Congress in Michigan since former U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.), who declined to run again for the deep red seat in 2016.

The seat is currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Twp.), who announced last summer that he would not be seeking reelection.

On the Democratic side, Kimberly Bizon beat out Kelly Noland, 53.8% to 46.2%.

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11th Congressional District

The GOP primary in the 11th Congressional District in Wayne and Oakland counties is not yet called, but Royal Oak litigation attorney Eric Esshaki remains in the lead over four other contenders with 31.6% of the vote, with 72% of precincts reporting.

Carmelita Greco has 23.2%, former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) has 23.2%, Frank Acosta is at 12.5% and Whittney Williams has 11.3%.

The winner will go up against freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) in November. 

12th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who has represented the 12th Congressional District since 2015, is gunning toward a blowout win against young progressive challenger Solomon Rajput in the seat encompassing Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Downriver. 

With 95% of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Dingell leads Rajput 81% to 19%.