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Michigan Primary Results: GOP Congressman Defeated (Updated)

Bentivolio is a Michigan Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, Wednesday 7:00 a.m. | The accidental congressman 's tenure in Washington came to an end Tuesday evening, when Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio lost the Republican primary to attorney David Trott in this district northwest of Detroit.  

Trott had 66 percent of the 11th District vote when The Associated Press called the race for him. Bentivolio trailed with 34 percent of the vote at that time.  

6 Things to Watch in Tuesday's Primaries

Roberts faces a primary on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tuesday night features some of the most intense — and final — tea party-vs.-business contests of the GOP primary season.  

Polls close in Michigan and Kansas at 9 p.m. EST. Washington State has a mail-in ballot system, with the first set of results expected to be released by 11:30 p.m. EST.  

An Ex-Congressman's Shaky Comeback Bid in Michigan

In the Michigan primary, Hansen Clarke will attempt to win his former Detroit-based district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Hansen Clarke's hopes of returning to Congress in a definitive Tuesday primary might be just that for the Michigan Democrat — hopes.  

He's attempting to leverage his name recognition as a former one-term member, but Clarke's top two Democratic rivals, state Rep. Rudy Hobbs  and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, have major political heft behind their campaigns. Several of Clarke's former colleagues have lined up behind his opponents, and others  expressed doubt about his prospects of coming back to Congress. "I wanted Hansen to come back, but Hansen didn't get any labor endorsements," said Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., who is neutral in the race, in between votes last week. "I think that that's almost fatal." Clarke lost re-election in 2012, when Democratic Rep. Gary Peters trounced him in a member-vs.-member race in the Detroit-based, black-majority district that stretches from the city's wealthiest suburbs to its poorest neighborhoods. Clarke ran a disorganized campaign and sources on the ground said a similar scenario is playing out again in the open-seat race this time.  

Former Michigan Congressman Is Running Again

Clarke is running for Congress again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

   

Former Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke has filed to run for Congress again.  

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Yet Another Democrat Runs for Open House Seat in Michigan

State Sen. Bert Johnson declared his candidacy on Monday for the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., in Congress.

“I represent the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party," Johnson said to a Detroit audience, per a news release. The statement was a nod to the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who coined the phrase.

Another Democrat Vies for Open House Seat in Detroit

Michigan state Sen. Vincent Gregory announced on Monday he will run for the open House seat in Michigan's 14th District.

“Today in Washington, forces in the Republican party have lined up to derail the Affordable Care Act simply because they don’t want people to have the right to quality health care,” the Democrat said in a news release.

Jennifer Granholm Endorses Democrat in House Race | #MI14

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm urged her fellow Democrats to support state Rep. Rudy Hobbs' bid for an open House seat in Detroit.

"Rudy is exactly the right person to represent this diverse district," she wrote in a Monday email to Hobbs' supporters. "Nowhere will you find a candidate with the breadth of experience, passion, dedication and deep roots that Rudy has."

Rudy Hobbs on Detroit, Bankruptcy and Michigan Democrats | The Candidate #MI14

Hobbs is running in Michigan's 14th District (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

The candidate: Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs The member: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for Senate The district: This is a heavily Democratic district that includes both suburban and urban Detroit. The August 2014 Democratic primary will most likely determine Peters' successor. In 2012, the 14th was the site of a heated member-versus-member race between Peters and Democrat Hansen Clarke. The candidate’s team: Michigan-based operatives Diana McBroom, Jamaine Dickens and Kristen Caswell. He is still assembling the rest of his team.

Sander Levin Picks Sides in Primary #MI14

Levin endorsed Hobbs in the 14th District primary. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Sander M. Levin endorsed state House Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs on Wednesday in the Democratic primary for Michigan's 14th District.

“When elected to the U.S. House, Rudy will be a powerful advocate and a tireless fighter for the residents throughout the 14th District in Detroit and Oakland County," Levin said in a press release. "I look forward to actively supporting his campaign.”