By James Sweet III | Michigan
Based on reports for the Michigan House District 11th race, 71 Republic can safely announce that Haley Stevens, a candidate in the Democratic Primary, has won her party’s nomination for the general election. As of 10:40 PM EST, Stevens had 27.7% of the vote with 44% of precincts reporting. Stevens was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, who won the district by 4.4% in the 2016 Presidential election.
Stevens faced tough competition from Suneel Gupta, the brother of neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, who had the lead after results started to trickle in. She faced a lack of competition from Fayrouz Saad, the candidate endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
House District 11 is currently held by a retiring Republican, Dave Trott. Throughout most of the election, the Democrats maintained a higher total vote count over the Republicans, spelling danger for the general election, especially considering that the seat is a toss-up.
Stevens was considered to be one of the most likely candidates to win her party’s primary. In the general election, she will face a Republican candidate that has yet to receive any endorsements from a national figure.
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