Bentivolio Wins Special Primary Election to Fill McCotter's Seat
Milford Republican will face Democrat David Curson on Nov. 6 in race to fill remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term.
Kerry Bentivolio is now 2-for-2 in primary elections for a seat representing Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
Bentivolio, of Milford, already the Republican nominee in the Nov. 6 race to hold the seat for a full two-year term, won a special primary election today in a race to fill the remainder for former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's seat.
McCotter, a Livonia Republican, left his seat in July, citing a "nightmarish" month and a half before his resignation, which included a voter fraud scandal that prevented McCotter's name from appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Bentivolio on Wednesday soundly defeated a field of four other Republican candidates, including his Aug. 7 primary rival Nancy Cassis of Novi. The race also included Steve King, Kenneth Crider and Carolyn Kavanagh.
In Wayne County, Bentivolio carried 40.38 percent of the total vote with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results provided by the county. Cassis garnered 31.53 percent.
In Oakland County, the race was closer. Bentivolio earned 43.79 percent of the total vote, while Cassis earned 43.49 percent with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results provided by the county.
Bentivolio and Curson will face off on the Nov. 6 ballot to fill out the remainder of McCotter's term. The term will begin shortly after the Nov. 6 election and run through the end of 2012. Bentivolio also will appear on the same ballot, albeit in the newly redistricted 11th Congressional District, in a race against Canton Democrat Syed Taj for a full two-year term.