Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The result of a key race in Michigan’s primary is delayed because votes are still being tallied. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones faced off in a one-on-one rematch after a close 2018 race. Tlaib leads in early returns. Iraq War veteran Peter Meijer won the Republican primary in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Justin Amash in western Michigan. Business executive Lisa McClain is ahead in the GOP primary for retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell’s seat in the eastern part of the state. The election was marked by a surge of absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib is leading a serious challenger for her House seat in Michigan’s primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, is seeking reelection in the 13th District in and around Detroit. Her sole opponent is Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Votes are still being counted, and the winner is not expected to be declared until later Wednesday.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Longtime Republican Rep. Fred Upton has defeated a primary challenger in his district in southwestern Michigan. The 17-term lawmaker is next waiting to learn his opponent in November. Teacher Jen Richardson of Kalamazoo was leading favorite Jon Hoadley, a state legislator, despite being outraised 18-to-1. Upton beat real estate agent Elena Oelke in the 6th Congressional District’s GOP primary on Tuesday. Democrats will target Upton in the fall after he had his closest-ever election in the 2018 midterm, when he won by 4 percentage points.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An Iraq War veteran whose family started the Meijer chain of stores has won the Republican primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Peter Meijer, of Grand Rapids, topped the five-person field in Tuesday’s election. In November, the 32-year-old will face Democrat Hillary Scholten for the seat left open by the retirement of five-term Rep. Justin Amash, a Libertarian who left the GOP last year and backed the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Scholten, a lawyer who worked in the Justice Department during the Obama presidency, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.