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Rick Snyder Gets Behind Kerry Bentivolio

August 10, 2012

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder weighed in on the 11th District race, endorsing Republican nominee Kerry Bentivolio after a primary that caused a great deal of tension within the GOP.

The reindeer farmer was not the party's first choice -- local leaders recruited former state Sen. Nancy Cassis to challenge him as a write-in -- and Cassis's statement that she would not endorse if he won stirred speculation that Republican leaders would also be reluctant to get behind the candidate she dubbed "Krazy Kerry."

Snyder called for unity in a press release announcing his endorsement. "I proudly endorse him for both the special election and the general election and look forward to working with him to continue our Michigan comeback and put the country on a path to recovery. Now is the time for us to unite."

Bentivolio's libertarian views are outside of the party's mainstream -- especially in Michigan -- and his role in a film involving a president in a coma after masterminding 9/11 did little to allay GOP worries. But Snyder's endorsement signals the party is focused on holding onto the seat, even without their candidate of choice.

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