FROM STAFF REPORTS
RUDYARD — Democrat Gary McDowell has conceded his close race for Congress against Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek to serve northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
The former Democratic state legislator from the Chippewa County community of Rudyard said Friday in a statement that he called Benishek to congratulate him and wish him luck.
The 1st District race was among the last in the state to be called. McDowell said he was waiting for a board of canvassers to count all ballots before conceding the race.
The candidates were separated by about 2,300 votes.
McDowell also lost to Benishek in 2010 to fill the seat vacated when longtime Democratic incumbent Bart Stupak stepped down.
Benishek is a surgeon from Crystal Falls.