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Republican Dan Benishek wins Dem Stupak's old seat

Republican Dan Benishek wins Dem Stupak's old seat

Republican Dan Benishek 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, 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.


Updated : 2020-12-04 01:52 GMT+08:00