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Updated: Cassis Concedes, Bentivolio Wins Republican Race for 11th District

Kerry Bentivolio is victorious as the Republican candidate for Michigan's 11th District in the primary Tuesday.

has declared victory in the Republican race for Michigan's 11th District seat.

According to unofficial results from county clerks, Bentivolio received 66 percent of the vote while Cassis received 34 percent. 

Bentivolio gave an acceptance speech to a group of supporters gathered at the in Novi Tuesday night around 11 p.m.

Shouts of "Kerry! Kerry!" welcomed him to the stage as "Eye of the Tiger" played.

"We did it!" Bentivolio said. "You did it!"

Cheers broke out after he accepted the candidacy.

"It looks like Mr. B is going to Washington," he said.

Opponent released a concession statement just before noon Wednesday.

"When we entered this race my husband Victor and I knew we were undertaking a monumental task," Cassis said in the statement. "No Republican candidate has ever waged a successful write-in campaign to win a primary nomination in electoral history. We fought the good fight, but in the end we were unable to overcome this fundamental challenge."

Bentivolio will face the in the November election.

Wayne resident William Rushlow said he was very happy with the victory, even though he is no longer in the . He volunteered for the Bentivolio campaign.

"I am happy that there is going be somebody in Washington who is going to represent me, the working man, the common man, who will fight for my interests instead of special interests or the money interests," Rushlow said. "I feel like today I won."

Earlier in the night, Cassis gathered with supporters in the clubhouse of in Novi.

She said that she always knew that having a write-in campaign was a rough road to hoe.

"Honestly, we know that had I been on the ballot, I would have overwhelmingly won," Cassis said around 9 p.m. before Bentivolio claimed victory.

In her concession statement Wednesday, Cassis wished Bentivolio luck.

"Congratulations are in order for my opponent Kerry Bentivolio. I thank him for his service to our country on the battlefield and I wish him well in his upcoming campaign," she said. 

Cassis added that she does not regret the challenging write-in campaign and would do it again.

"Our party grows stronger when we are given the benefit of debating our differences and I believe we will be stronger in November for this undertaking," she said in the statement. 

In his acceptance speech, Bentivolio also concentrated on the race ahead of him.

"With your help in the next few months we will stand together to make sure that we remain free and prosperous for decades to come," he said.

Herb Helzer August 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
The race is wide open, Diane -- no incumbent, and the Republican gerrymander is at least partially offset by the fact that the GOP establishment, from L. Brooks Patterson on down, was so adamantly opposed to Mr. Bentivolio. How else to explain their choice to waste everyone's time and up to a half-million dollars on this doomed write-in effort and the many negative ads that resulted. Those harsh words are bells that can't be un-rung.
Herb Helzer August 08, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Whatever Matty Moroun told her to stand for, or against. The entire District dodged a bullet when her write-in effort came up way short.
Herb Helzer August 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Are you at all concerned that an out-of-state SuperPAC spent more than $500,000 on your candidate's behalf? LIberty For All is a Libertarian group that opposes Republicans who aren't named "Paul," founded (and funded) by a 21-year-old Texas college student spending his grandpa's inheritance. Now that he's intervened so heavily in another Congressional primary -- not just in ads: I'm curious who paid to book the Sheraton Novi for Kerry's victory party last night (because I had my wedding reception there last year and it was not cheap) -- one has to wonder what he expects from Mr. Bentivolio in exchange?
Diane August 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
By your esteemed comment - I guess anyone who acts in a movie must believe everything in it is true - like Christopher Reed in Superman, Drew Barrymore with ET or Will Smith with the aliens in Independence Day. Try again - this mother jones hack job is about as reputable a news source as MSNBC's Chris (Obama sends shivers up my leg) Matthews. LMAO
Diane August 09, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Wonder who paid for Cassis losers party last night? Who paid for Taj victory party? Who paid for John Conyers party? What about Gary Peter's party? Wonder who is pulling the chains behind Peters, Conyers, et al? By Herb's standards - guess we should all meet at the local McDonald's to celebrate. Sorry Herb - your pointing fingers at the Bentivolio campaign without taking the same interest in the other candidates shows your bias. What about the $2 million dollars spent by the DIA to take $238 million from taxpayers over the next 10 years? Don't mind the scrutiny toward Bentivolio, just be fair.
DCC August 09, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Hey Diane, no need for me to "try". Mother nailed KB. Let's see: "Kerry Bentivolio, a reindeer rancher, Santa impersonator, and political novice who once starred in a low-budget movie suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job." Yep, truth there. Pure poppycock here: 'Bentivolio told the Detroit News that he had done the film for research purposes. "All I wanted to do was feel more comfortable in front of a camera and research film subsidies," he said.' That's a milk through the nose kind of statement. No, Diane, your lame attempt to cloud the truth with attacks on the source is just that. Lame.
DCC August 09, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Ah, Diane, we are commenting on an article about KB entitled "Updated: Cassis Concedes, Bentivolio Wins Republican Race for 11th District". Is the fact that most of the MI GOP establishment was willing to support anybody but KB why you'd rather comment on the price of carrots than questions focused upon KB and/or his campaign?
Peggy Miller August 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Hey Darryl, I'm glad to have 'met' you here. Not many people can read the minds of others ... apparently you can! Bottom line - Kerry appeals to those of us who understand the path on which our country has been placed by politicians like nancy (MBT, $ to Korea for electric car batteries, & on and on). Nancy couldn't explain the constitution to you if she tried. If you don't believe that, call her and ask about it! I believe that the R party has had almost as much to do with setting us on the path to socialism as the D party. The only thing that can turn the tide at this point is for informed citizens to replace every establishment, go-along-to-get-along, do whatever the party tells you to do republican with CONSTITUTIONAL candidates who will stop the corruption. Can Kerry do that alone? Probably not. But when we get enough representatives who love our country and understand what the USA is supposed to be, then we can turn it around. Sending party hacks like nancy to DC will only continue our country's downward spiral. When people like you (and, yes, the 'big-wigs' in the R party) attempt to denigrate a man because he plays santa or plays a part in a stupid movie, regardless of his reason, yet you are NOT concerned about the direction of our country, or the corruption and lies of our sitting politicians, then I have to conclude that you are either ignorant of the truth or approving of the dirty politics. Is an actor who PLAYS a rapist really a rapist? SHEESH!!
Peggy Miller August 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It seems that 'cooperating across the aisle' is seen by many as being a 'good' politician. Well, when the 'other side' of the aisle is attempting, bit by bit, to erode our constitution and our freedoms, then I do NOT want my representatives 'cooperating'. It's amazing to me how few people are aware of the extent of the misuse of power by our government officials. Back in Oct 2011, Pres obama said, “I’m here to say to all of you and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas, we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,” Ah, that is UNconstitutional... and just one example of what is happening in DC. He has made appointments which must, by law, be approved by Congress, but simply on his own, without their approval! He has signed bills into law after Congress has voted against them. This is what tyrannical leaders do - and our Congress is allowing it!! HELLO OUT THERE!! Time to wake up and smell the coffee!! Most of our politicians are in this game FOR THEMSELVES... big pay, big benefits, HUGE pensions... not to mention the bribes and 'favors' along the way! And you guys would rather send the good ol' boys (and girls) back into powerful positions so they can continue to use and abuse the American citizens? You are AGAINST honest, law-abiding candidates whose wish is to STOP the corruption? Scotty, Beam Me Up!!!!
Diane August 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Diane 11:12 am on Thursday, August 9, 2012 Oh for goodness sakes Darryl, Bentivolio is an entrepreneur and as such raises reindeer and plays Santa to bring smiles and squeals of joy to children, young and old, in Milford! Implying someone is an impersonator because he plays Santa at Christmas time is utterly ridiculous and exposes your lame attempts to denigrate an honorable, decorated veteran who loves this country and believes in the Constitution. You could actually get a job with obama or cassis and fit right in!
Paul Baugher August 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
He says "Libertarian group" as if that's a bad thing lol! If it wasn't for Libertarians America would still be a Brittish colony with no Constituion at all!
Paul Baugher August 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
PS why do you think I voted for him!?!?!
Paul Baugher August 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Smear tactics... What's wrong afraid someones going to step in and stop the socialist takeover of America?
Herb Helzer August 09, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Diane, if you're in a position to answer my questions about Liberty For All, then please do so. Scattershot counter questions followed by snide "reductio"-style illogic gets us nowhere, and makes me think you *do* mind the scrutiny towards Bentivolio. Still, if it will make you happy: Cassis' losers party? Don't know, don't care...but considering Nancy pledged $200K of the money Matty Moroun's paid her to be a "consultant" for the doomed effort, let's say it was paid for honestly and be done with it. John Conyers and Gary Peters are both incumbent members of Congress, who have "war chests" and raise funds like any other member -- their campaigns could certainly foot the bill for a party to thank their supporters and volunteers. As for Dr. Taj...well I was at his victory party so I know first-hand. It was at his campaign office in Novi. No alcohol, no live band, not even a television -- the ongoing tally was written on a whiteboard. Volunteers brought in food, from a big bowl of potato salad to a few dozen samosas, homebaked cookies and a small cake decorated in red, white and blue. About 9:00 p.m. a half-dozen pizzas were delivered. That was it...and everyone there was happy. So, I ask again: Did Liberty For All, the Texas Super Pac, pay for Bentivolio's party at the Sheraton Novi? It's not damning if they did, but I'd still wonder what that college kid spending grandpa's inheritance hopes to gain from all this.
Herb Helzer August 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Paul, so why didn't Mr. Bentivolio run AS a Libertarian? Libertarians and Republicans are not the same thing...otherwise Ron Paul would be your nominee, not Willard "Mitt" Romney. The Super Pac that just spent &600,000+ on behalf of Kerry Bentivolio -- Liberty For All -- bills itself as aligned with Ron and Rand Paul, so I think that any Republican deserves to know just how much of the LFA agenda Mr. Bentivolio supports -- particularly if that agenda breaks with the GOP or isn't in the best interests of this District and the State of Michigan.
Herb Helzer August 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Paragraphs, Peggy. Please use them. Your two posts are exactly what I was getting at: This deeply-held emotional belief that "government" is broken and corrupt, and that anyone who tries to work within the system is automatically suspect. If Kerry Bentivolio shares that mind set, then for all his positive qualities as a veteran, teacher, small business owner and apiarist, he would not be a good fit for this District at this time. Perhaps his slogan could be: "Congress doesn't work -- Send me to Washington and I'll PROVE it!" Give me someone who is capable of seeing the bigger picture and who can work with others, be they Democrats or Republicans or something else entirely. That's Dr. Syed Taj.
Paul Baugher August 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Herb - as if it wasn't obvious... we plan on steering the Republican party to where we believe it should be. Romney is NOT my candidate, I'm an Independent. But because the establishment has created this asinine 2 party, two sides of the same coin system, with the same behind the scenes power brokers, WE THE PEOPLE are tired of choosing the lessor of 2 evils. SICK OF IT ACTUALLY. We realize we need to make gains where ever we can, and this is just one of many places where we are taking this fight. When the Republicans wake up and realize how many Libertarians are now signed up as delegates... what do you think is going to happen? Sorry, we are not going to stand yelling from the rails any more. Your thugs are not going to control our country much longer, so get used to it... and by the way, don't think for one second the Democrats are safe. Look at the 9th district...
Peggy Miller August 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Herb... You don't seem to care how the dems have built their war chests, so why do you even care who gives money to Kerry? If the republican party actually ran candidates who believed in and stood for the republican platform, they would look and sound just like Kerry Bentivolio!!! Any group that stands for balanced budgets, following the constitution, and keeping congress in line is okay by me... and, according to the 2012 republican platform, should be okay with every republican!! Get over it, Herb... you just don't like people who are more in tune with real americans than is your doctor friend... Does he believe in following the constitution??
Paul Baugher August 10, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Just to be clear, we are not going to fall for your divide an conquer tactics, we are not concerned about the R or the D next to the person's name. We plan to use your system against you.... so your establishment's only recourse is to break its own rules... and while we know it's not beyond your ethics to do so, we will make the public aware of every misdeed, every single misstep, every single time.
Peggy Miller August 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Herb,,, Just FYI - you are not using paragraphs. Paragraphs consist of MULTIPLE sentences. You are simply separating your sentences with spaces. Like books written for first graders...oh, well... that explains a lot, doesn't it??!! And if Republicans who still believe in the principles of the republican party are now labeled as independents, then so be it. That means that we shouldn't call you a democrat either. Dems used to be principled in the Constitution and law. Now they are progressives - So if I'm an independent, your'e a progressive. And that explains everything!!
Herb Helzer August 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I was trained as a journalist by the University of Illinois and the Department of Defense, and have many years' experience in writing, copy editing and page layout and design. To me, paragraphs rarely run more than two sentences -- and a lede 'graf in an article is always just one. Now, BOOKS use long, multi-sentence paragraphs, if that conveys the author's intent and style. Books are laid out as one continuous column, taking up the entire page width and only breaking for a new chapter. On a newspaper page, multiple articles share space -- four, five, even six columns wide, mixed with headlines, photos, graphics and advertisements. Big blocks of text, in small type and running several "column inches," look terrible and are very unfriendly to readers. This is also true for the comments sections under online articles -- such large paragraphs as you prefer are all-but unreadable. I know you expended much energy and concentration corraling your intense emotions into those big word blocks...but their impact is lost if few people ever read them. Oddly, in response to my mild criticism, you managed to compare me to a first grader...and then laid out your response in exaggerated single-line paragraphs. A childish fit of pique worthy of a first-grader. Conclusion: You are driven by anger and resentment; even in your candidate's victory, you can't unwind enough to rise above pettiness and negativity. And that explains everything!!
Herb Helzer August 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Peggy... I'm a progressive, but also an actual, "card-carrying" Democrat. I know full well how "dems have built their war chests" -- exactly as Republicans do. The way you put it implies something dark and sinister, which is mildly insulting. On both sides, there are small donors, larger individual donors, "bundlers," traditional PACs of all kinds -- each generally compliant with state elections laws and FEC rules. Only the percentages of each category differ between Ds and Rs. 501(c)4s and Super PACs are new. As a Super PAC, Liberty For All shouldn't have given ANY money to Kerry Bentivolio beyond (I think) a $5,000 direct contribution. All of its spending on his behalf is supposed to be PARALLEL to the Bentivolio Campaign: According to what's left of campaign finance laws after Citizens United the two groups are not allowed to "coordinate." Which brings me back around to my question, which you have yet to even try to answer. Kerry Bentivolio didn't have $200K lying around like Nancy Cassis, nor is he an incumbent with unspent funds from previous campaigns available for a victory party. The Michigan, Oakland County and 11th District Republicans, despite their platform and rhetoric, generally opposed Kerry's candidacy, so I doubt they booked the Sheraton Novi. So who's left with that kind of money? Local chapters of national Tea Party organizations, perhaps...and the Liberty For All Super PAC. Maybe Chuck Yob made it rain cash. I'm simply curious, is all.
Herb Helzer August 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Paul, you seem very fond of using "we" in your posts...as in "...we plan on steering the Republican party..." and "...we are not going to stand yelling from the rails any more." Unless you are an actual spokesman for some organization -- or have a mouse in your pocket -- you aren't representing anyone but yourself; your continued use of "we" is merely presumptuous ego-puffery. I speak only for myself; my opinions are my own -- but I work very hard to make them INFORMED opinions, and to express myself in a cogent manner. So this is my opinion: Kerry Bentivolio is a good man, honest and God-fearing. I respect him as a fellow veteran and as someone who apparently believes in what he is doing. I've started telling fellow Democrats and other progressives to lay off the snark about Santa Claus and the reindeer, mindful of the lesson that Philadelphia sports fans are STILL defined by the time they booed Santa at old Veterans Stadium more than 30 years ago. That said, if Kerry Bentivolio believes as Paul and Peggy do -- that the system is broken and corrupt to its core, that all "Ds" and most "Rs" need to be swept away by a loosely-defined "WE THE PEOPLE" for a new group of leaders (Tea Partiers? Libertarians? Dominionist Christians? Some combination of all three?), and that nothing short of a new American Revolution can fix things -- then I cannot line up behind such a radical and destructive point of view. That's a path to madness and economic ruin...IMHO.
Herb Helzer August 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Just for the record, I don't believe that movie Kerry appeared in should be an issue, unless he's made other statements that indicate he's a "Truther" who believes 9/11 was an inside job. I also think the snarky references to Santa and the reindeer need to stop, Where's the upside for Democrats and progressives to be labeled as anti-Santa? It's bad enough that every year we get so many bogus "War on Christmas" stories from the good folks at Fox News and talk radio; no need to give them something new to misrepresent.
EHM August 11, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Oh my goodness! Yes, Herb is using paragraphs properly. However, splitting everything up into one sentence paragraphs to try to prove him wrong is just being silly. If each paragraph takes up only 4-5 couple lines it is easier to read. If the paragraph is 12+ lines it is harder to read. I am more likely to skip over posts that are one long paragraph than posts that are multiple short paragraphs. Using paragraphs to break up the ideas into smaller bites by makes them...taste better.
EHM August 11, 2012 at 02:20 AM
And clearly I had some editing problems, but unfortunately I hit submit before catching them.
Peggy Miller August 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Herb, You're quite comical. If you knew me, you would know that I am not an angry person! I am passionate about my love for my country and horrified at what the progressive movement has done to it. I really don't have time to waste on dribble with a journalist wanna-be who is concerned only about who paid for Kerry's victory party!! Are you concerned about who's paying for obamacare? Are you concerned about who's paying for TARP? Are you concerned about who's paying for all-time record recipients of government welfare? If all you want to know is who paid for Kerry's party, call him and ask him!! Unless you can come up with more substantive concerns, I can't be bothered!
Paul Baugher August 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Herb - obviously when I say we I mean Libertarians. And it's not the Libertarian Party, but the Libertarian IDEA.
Paul Baugher August 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Herb - educate yourself... economic ruin is already here. The Federal Reserve/ fractional banking system is a ponzi scheme. This is our revolution. We're trying to take our country back from the International banking cartel. 16 trillion in stated national debt while the actual debt of the country is in the hundreds of trillions. We do not have money, so we trade in debt. The collapse already happened... this country has been taken over. And your reluctance for change is based on nothing but fear and statist propaganda. A country based on usury, continuous warfare and genocidal policies CAN NOT PROSPER. The End Game is WW3, and the NWO. We will not stand idle. I see it for what it is with eyes wide open, EVIL. You might just scratch the surface with your generalities of Ron Paul Libertarians... he is in fact a hybrid Republican... a figurehead for a larger movement. I don't expect a Democrat to understand anything past their own nose, so be happy in your ignorance. Our revolution will be peaceful... lest they make it impossible. I'm just giving you fair warning, do with it what you will.
Diane August 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Simply curious Herb? I think not. There is an obvious divide and conquer plan in play by the Democrat party, like claiming racism where none exists yet ignoring obvious racism because it doesn't fit your agenda. Or pushing class warfare when most elected officials in both parties are mega millionaires because of the back room secret deals and insider trading that occurs. I am thankful for every dollar that helped defeat Nancy - super pac or not. PAC's are used by BOTH parties to further their agenda. Pointing fingers at one doesn't quite pass the smell test. If you are so concerned with who paid for Bentivolio's victory party why not pick up the phone and ask? Much easier than posting innuendo and attempting to create doubt where none exists. But then that wouldn't fit your plan.

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