Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 3, 2010

Benishek, Camp, Huizenga victorious


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---- — DETROIT (AP) — Republican Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls has won the race to succeed veteran Democrat Bart Stupak in Congress.

Stupak had announced in April that he wouldn't seek a 10th term in Washington, after helping rescue President Barack Obama's health care plan.

Benishek is a general surgeon and political novice who tapped into the growing tea party movement and voter angst in northern Michigan's 1st District to beat 58-year-old state Rep. Gary McDowell of Rudyard, a moderate Democrat supported by Stupak.

In other northwestern Lower Michigan congressional races:

• Republican Dave Camp of Midland won an 11th term in Congress, beating an underfunded challenger in a race the outcome of which never really was in question. Camp's district, Michigan's 4th, includes Traverse City.

With 29 percent of precincts reporting, Camp had 66.8 percent of the vote to 29.9 percent for Democrat Jerry Campbell, the 52-year-old supervisor of Roscommon County's Richfield Township.

• Former state Rep. Bill Huizenga of Zeeland was the winner in the 2nd District race and will slide into the open congressional seat left by Huizenga's former boss and fellow Republican, Pete Hoekstra.