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Michigan - 13th District

Incumbent -- Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D) ; Defeated by Hansen Clarke, D, in primary election on August 3, 2010

Safe Democratic
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Updated Oct. 14, 2010

The Democratic primary is decisive in this Detroit-based district, where President Barack Obama got 85 percent of the vote in 2008. Kilpatrick narrowly escaped her 2008 primary against divided opposition, but this year she fell to state Sen. Hansen Clarke. Clarke got 49 percent of the vote, and Kilpatrick got 43 percent.

Clarke, the son of an African-American mother and a Bangladeshi immigrant father, is an officer in Michigan's Legislative Black Caucus. He was first elected to the state Senate in 2002 after serving in the state House. He lost to Kwame Kilpatrick in the 2005 Detroit mayoral race.

Government contractor John Hauler is the Republican nominee, but it won't matter because Clarke will be the next Member here.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The auto industry and Motown Records kept Detroit humming for decades before economic problems overwhelmed the city, which remains among the most crime-ridden in the nation. Detroit still has a tough reputation, and many suburbs have become regional office centers that have lured companies away from the city.

A slightly larger share of Detroit's population lives in the overwhelmingly Democratic 13th than in the adjacent 14th. The city's population overall has plummeted to less than half of what it was in 1950, and Detroit is now out of the top 10 most-populous U.S. cities for the first time since the late 19th century. The 13th suffered the second-largest population loss of any district in the nation between 2000 and 2010 -- only Louisiana's New Orleans-based 2nd shed more -- dropping more than 140,000 residents in a decade. Wealthy areas to the northeast, such as Grosse Pointe, also are losing population, although not as drastically.

Revitalization plans, however, are attempting to bring the roar back into the city, and the resurgent downtown is showing signs of life. A massive downtown entertainment complex includes two cornerstone sports stadiums -- Comerica Park for baseball's Tigers and Ford Field for football's Lions. Cobo Center hosts major cultural events and conventions, while Joe Louis Arena brings in the crowds for hockey's Red Wings. Downtown casinos are a draw, and General Motors' headquarters are in the Renaissance Center on the waterfront.

Major Industry

Auto manufacturing, government


Detroit (pt.), 378,375; Lincoln Park (pt.), 8,142


The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History is in the 13th.




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