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August 5, 2014
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.
Trott spent heavily on his own campaign and secured significant support from Michigan Republicans for his effort to oust the incumbent.
August 4, 2014
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.
Here are the six things to watch in those states:
July 31, 2014
The Club for Growth’s independent expenditure arm has started airing television spots again on behalf of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., according to Federal Election Commission records.
The move could be indicative that Amash is in some political jeopardy just days ahead of the August 5 primary.
Amash is fending off a primary challenge from former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis, a self-funding candidate with endorsements from a slew of business-friendly groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The club is one of several tea party groups and members of Congress who are circling their wagons around the libertarian-minded Amash.
July 25, 2014
No House Republican enrages the business-friendly wing of the GOP more than Justin Amash. But members and operatives who hoped to end his political career are running out of time and moxie before Michigan’s Aug. 5 primary.
So far, many of Amash’s cash-flush critics have passed on investing substantial resources in his GOP rival, former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis. At the same time, Amash allies such as the Club for Growth and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have tangibly backed the libertarian sophomore’s re-election in the 3rd District.
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s primary challenger in Michigan’s 3rd District.
The group’s support could translate into television airtime for Brian Ellis, a former East Grand Rapids School Trustee, before the Aug. 5 primary. The primary has become one of this cycle’s top battles inside the GOP, with the party’s libertarian wing backing Amash and national business interests boosting Ellis.
“The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Brian Ellis’ congressional campaign to represent Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. Both candidates in the primary sought our endorsement, and the choice in support of Ellis on pro-growth issues was clear,” U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and National Political Director Rob Engstrom said in a Thursday statement.
January 15, 2014
The Club for Growth has sponsored a major television and radio ad buy to boost Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who faces a primary challenge in the 3rd District.
In the television ad, released on Wednesday, the club hits Amash’s primary rival, former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis, for various votes he took in that role. The conservative group also seeks to tie Ellis to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, in the spot.
The dual buy is a six-figure radio, broadcast and cable television ad buy, according to club spokesman Barney Keller.
Here’s the television spot:
October 3, 2012
Live in a competitive district? It is nearly impossible to turn on the television and not see ads with seniors, tying a candidate to President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But not all ads took the cookie-cutter approach. Here is what cut through the clutter today:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R) 2010 ad footage against him. Duffy earned attention in 2010 for the ads that showed him hacking away as a lumberjack. The DCCC has a new ad up that uses the old footage metaphorically. Ex-state Senate President Pro Tem Pat Kreitlow has also played on the lumberjack theme in his own campaign ads. The DCCC did not immediately respond to a request for ad buy information.
August 9, 2012
House Democrats had a productive primary night Tuesday. But how good was it, really?
In Michigan, Democrats nominated their strongest possible general election candidate, a self-funding former state lawmaker, to challenge freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the 3rd district. Another potential opportunity was solidified in the vacant 11th district, where Republicans nominated a libertarian reindeer rancher who is untested and unvetted as a candidate. Finally, on the West Coast, Democrats nominated the best possible candidate, former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene, in Washington’s vacant 1st district.
“We were presented with some good opportunities last night,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) boasted to reporters Wednesday. “Make no mistake about it: Michigan was a huge loss for Republicans and a real opportunity for Democrats.”
May 15, 2012
Rep. Tim Walberg (R) will not have a top challenger for his re-election race this November, leaving Democrats with a major recruitment hole in the Michigan map.
Instead, Democrats will focus their efforts on a rerun race between freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R) and former state Rep. Gary McDowell (D) in the state’s Upper Peninsula.
The Wolverine State’s Congressional races were set today, when the candidate filing period closed at 4 p.m. There were no major surprises among the dozens of petitions, including Walberg’s race. A couple of weeks ago, former GOP Rep. Joe Schwarz declined to challenge Walberg as a Democrat.
Michigan shed a House seat due to population loss, and Republicans led a redraw of the state’s Congressional boundaries last year. As a result, a few Democrats filed to run for re-election in new territory around Detroit.
March 5, 2012
Former state Rep. Steve Pestka announced Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the fall. Full story