"We used the same team of volunteers we always do, and handled everything the same way. This isn't our first go-round," McCotter told Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley
. But if doing the same thing meant McCotter's volunteers collected signatures from areas he no longer represents, it may have cost him an easy coast to re-election.
Now, McCotter faces three options: Run as a write-in candidate in the Republican primary (Though as Finley points out, Michigan law is stacked against write-in candidates); run as an independent, potentially giving Democrats a chance to steal the seat if the Tea Party contender carves off a few percentage points; or call his political career quits.
It's an ignominious decision for a former member of Republican leadership. "I'm not sure what happened," McCotter told Finley from Hawaii, where he's returning from a Congressional delegation trip to Asia.