Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 2, 2010

Benishek wins Stupak's old seat


Associated Press

— DETROIT — 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.

The 58-year-old Benishek has called for deep cuts in government spending, favors repealing the health care law and pledged not to seek any funding "earmarks" for projects back home.