Michigan Primaries: Upton, Conyers Renominated
MI-06 [9:46 p.m.]: Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has easily won renomination over a repeat Republican primary challenger in Michigan's 6th District.
With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Upton led former state legislator Jack Hoogendyk 66 percent to 34 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Upton.
Upton was expected to be one of the most endangered incumbents in the House earlier in the cycle. Upton only got 57 percent of the GOP primary vote against Hoogendyk in 2010, and he had a long, moderate voting record to protect.
But fundraising and outside help from the Club for Growth never materialized for Hoogendyk, despite the anti-tax group running an exploratory TV ad against Upton at the beginning of the year. Upton also made a concerted effort not to be taken by surprise this year, and he spent over $2 million bolstering himself and attacking Hoogendyk's legislative record. By recognizing his vulnerability and protecting himself early, Upton won his primary and all but assured himself another term in Congress.
MI-13 [10:43 p.m.]: Rep. John Conyers easily survived a primary challenge in Michigan's 13th District Tuesday night, winning renomination despite having his seat changed by redistricting.
With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Conyers led his nearest challenger, Shanelle Jackson, 60 percent to 14 percent. Three other challengers split the remainder of the vote. The Associated Press called the race for Conyers.
Less than 40 percent of the 13th District was represented by Conyers over the last decade, and he took a while to engage with the primary, sparking concern among some local backers. Ultimately, though, Conyers's challengers didn't have the juice to take out the second most senior member of the House of Representatives.