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Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face incumbent Republican Mike Bishop in 8th Congressional race

Elissa Slotkin
Cheyna Roth

Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive race for a Michigan congressional district that stretches between Lansing and the northern Detroit suburbs.

Slotkin - who had U.S. intelligence, national security and defense roles during the Obama and Bush administrations - beat Michigan State University professor Chris Smith in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The incumbent Bishop defeated business owner Lokesh Kumar in the GOP race.

Democrats hoping for a "blue wave" in November see the 8th District as a pickup opportunity. Bishop, a former legislative leader, is seeking a third term in the GOP-leaning seat.

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