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Bishop & Schertzing will run for Mike Rogers' seat in 8th District

Former state senate majority leader Mike Bishop easily defeated state representative Tom McMillin Tuesday, after a sometimes negative Republican primary campaign. “I’m sorry that it turned out that way," Bishop said after winning the Republican nomination Tuesday, "I certainly hope that folks weren’t turned off by it.”
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Mike Bishop has won the Republican nomination for Congress in Michigan's 8th District over a state lawmaker from Oakland County.

Bishop defeated Tom McMillin in the GOP primary Tuesday. The winner was endorsed by U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a popular Republican who didn't run for re-election.

Bishop was a state lawmaker for 12 years, including Senate majority leader from 2007 through 2010. The 47-year-old believes the top issue for Congress is cutting the size of the federal government and repealing the new national health care law.

The primary victory revives Bishop's political career, two years after he lost an election for Oakland County prosecutor.

Democrat Eric Schertzing says he’s ready to start the fall campaign. "I look forward to having conversations across mid-Michigan on my plans to get things done for the middle class," Schertzing said after winning Tuesday's primary.
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Ingham County Treasuer Eric Schertzing defeated three opponents to win the Democratic nomination.

The 8th District covers Ingham and Livingston counties and part of Oakland County.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.
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