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Moolenaar wins 4th congressional district Republican primary

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State Senator John Moolenaar  emerged from a sometimes brutal three way primary to win the Republican primary in Michigan’s 4th congressional district.

Moolenaar says voters responded to his efforts to reduce state spending and make Michigan more attractive to business. 

"It’s kind of a good prescription for Washington D-C.," Moolenaar said after winning the Republican nomination on Tuesday, "People really responded to that message.”

Moolenaar says he’s  looking forward to the fall campaign.

"There are still parts of the district that I want to meet people and learn how I can best serve in Washington D-C," says Moolenaar. 

Moolenaar defeated two opponents for the republican nomination, including businessman Paul Mitchell, who spent millions of dollars of his own money on his campaign.  

The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary is seen as the likely successor to longtime Congressman Dave Camp, who announced earlier this year that he was retiring from Congress.  

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.