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May special election set for vacant state senate seat

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

State Representative Jim Ananich easily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary to fill a vacant state senate seat in the 27th district, which includes Flint.

Ananich collected 51% of the vote to defeat four other candidates in the Democratic primary. The 27th is a heavily Democratic district which likely means Tuesday’s primary win will mean Ananich will win the May special election. Still Ananich insists he won’t take his Republican opponent lightly.

“I’m going to run an aggressive campaign,” Ananich said during his primary victory party last night, “I’m hopeful we’ll be successful in that too.”

Real Estate professional Robert Daunt narrowly defeated customer service rep Adam Dunn to win the Republican nomination.

The winner of May’s general election will succeed former state senator John Gleason, who left the senate to start his new job of Genesee County Clerk.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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