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2:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

August primary election results in selected races

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Here's a selected list of the August Primary Election results.  Follow the links on the names of many of the candidates to read more about them. Winners are in bold.

Senate Race

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Sports
12:40 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

RESULTS UPDATE: Your personalized Michigan Olympian TV guide

Gymnast Jordyn Wieber from DeWitt
Team USA Flickr

Update 12:40 p.m., Aug. 8

(SPOILER ALERT)

Here's another update on how the Michigan Olympians are faring so far:

Ann Arborite Betsey Armstrong and the U.S.A. Women's Water Polo Team tied 9-9 in a game against Spain, and went on to beat China 7-6, moving them onto the quarterfinals.  They won in a game against Italy, 9-6, and against Australia in the semifinals, 11-9. Tomorrow, they will play against Spain for the gold medal.

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Sports
12:35 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Cyclists complete 97-day ride around Great Lakes

Great Lakes
NASA Goddard Photo and Video, Flickr

Last Sunday afternoon, Kris McNeal, 26, and Zach Chase, 25, rode their bikes into Duluth, Minnesota after a more than 5,300 mile bike ride around the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The duo had previously completed a 1,700-mile trip from Seattle to Mexico, but that seems like child's play compared to this 97-day long trip.

Averaging about six hours of riding per day, McNeal and Chase covered between 60 and 70 miles before making camp each night. They got their first flat tire after 3,000 miles and ended up having 15 flats by the end of the trip.

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State of Opportunity
11:39 am
Wed August 8, 2012

State of Opportunity: Even short-term parental joblessness can be a long-term problem for kids

Lamanda Coulter hopes her daughter Ronnie never remembers seeing her struggle
Lamanda Coulter

This week, Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity reporter delved into one of the uncomfortable truths of the Great Recession: that kids were among the hardest hit.

He writes that in 2010, one out of three kids in this country lived in a house where neither parent had full-time, year-round work. He says the recession affected everyone in America, rich and poor. But some groups were hit worse: people with no college degree, African-Americans and children.

Click here to follow Dwyer as he interviews parents feeling the effects of unemployment.

Check back in to the State of Opportunity website to read and listen to new stories every week.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Primary 2012
1:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rep. Roy Schmidt wins 76th State District in a tight race

Friends of Roy Schmidt / royschmidt.org/

State Representative Roy Schmidt has won in the 76th District State House GOP primary over write-in candidate Bing Goei.

Goei entered the race a few weeks before the primary, and looked like he might outpace Schmidt throughout the night.

In the end, Schmidt defeated Goei with the absentee ballots that were cast before his involvement in a political scandal with House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) became public knowledge.

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Primary 2012
12:51 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Incumbent Rogers wins big in the 8th U.S. House District

Rogers for Congress / rogersforcongress.com/

Reports show that Representative Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) has won decisively in the GOP primary, closing out with a whopping 86 percent of votes counted.

Republican candidates Brian Hetrick of Brighton and Holly resident Vernon Molnar finished far behind Rogers, winning 9 and 5 percent, respectively.

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Primary 2012
12:49 am
Wed August 8, 2012

DIA millage passes easily in Oakland, Wayne, barely in Macomb

Supporters of the millage at a DIA party this evening
Kate Wells Michigan Radio

The Detroit Institute of Arts millage easily passed in Oakland and Wayne Counties, and squeaked by in Macomb County, with a .5 percent difference once all the votes were counted.

The Detroit Free Press reports supporters of the DIA ran a $2.5 million campaign to pass the millage.

More from the Freep:

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Primary 2012
11:58 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Incumbent Peters wins 14th District Dem primary for U.S. House

Gary Peters
Gary Peters peters.house.gov

As most polls predicted, incumbent Gary Peters beat out another incumbent, Hansen Clarke, in the Democratic race for the U.S. House of Representatives in the state's 14th district.

With almost all of the votes in, Peters had 12 points on Clarke.

Both candidates are technically incumbents, due to redistricting.  Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek explains,

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Primary 2012
11:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Incumbent Dingell wins 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives Dem Primary

John Dingell
user Tqycolumbia Wikimedia Commons

In the 12th District U.S. House of Representatives democratic primary, incumbent John Dingell is ahead of opponent Daniel Marcin by 58 points with most of the votes counted.

Dingell is the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives in history. If he is reelected this November, it will be his 30th term.

On the Republican side, the race is much closer.  Cynthia Kallgren and Karen Jacobsen are neck-and-neck, with 65 percent of the votes tallied.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Primary 2012
11:27 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Incumbent Conyers wins 13th U.S. House District Dem Primary

John Conyers Jr. for Congress / www.johnconyers.com/

With more than half of the precincts reporting, incumbent congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit) has defeated four candidates to win the Democratic primary.

Reports show Conyers winning by a sizeable margin, with almost 60 percent of the votes counted in his favor. State senator Glenn Anderson finished a distant second, with 13 percent.

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Primary 2012
11:17 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Bentivolio wins against write-in candidate Cassis for 11th U.S. House District GOP Primary

Kerry Bentivolio
Kerry Bentivolio for Congress BentivolioForCongress.com

Kerry Bentivolio raced ahead of former Senator Nancy Cassis in the 11th U.S. House District Republican primary race.

Cassis, a Novi-native, trailed Bentivolio by 30 points, with 70 percent of the votes counted. Bentivolio is a teacher and reindeer farmer from Milford, and the only Republican candidate who actually appeared on the ballot. Cassis ran her campaign as a write-in, after declaring her candidacy following the resignation of incumbent Thaddeus McCotter.

On the Democratic side of the primary, physician Syed Taj led LaRouche Democrat William Roberts, 61-39.

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Primary 2012
10:54 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Incumbent Walberg wins 7th District U.S. House GOP Primary

Tim Walberg
user Connormah Wikimedia Commons

Tim Walberg, the current U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, won the Republican nomination for reelection.

With a little more than half of the votes counted, Walberg led candidate Dan Davis by 52 points.

Walberg also served as Congressman for the district from 2007 to 2009.

Update 11:45 p.m.

With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Newport resident Kurt Haskell has defeated Jackson County Democratic Party Chairman Ruben Marquez to win the Democratic nomination, finishing 66-34.

He will face Rep. Walberg for the Michigan 7th District congressional seat up for grabs in November.

Check back in with Michigan Radio for more election updates.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Primary 2012
10:53 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Upton wins GOP primary

Upton for Us All / FredUpton.com

Incumbent congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) has won the GOP primary for the 6th U.S. House district against Republican candidate Jack Hoogendyk.

Representative Upton will face Democratic challenger Mike O'Brien (D-Douglas) for his current seat in the general election.

The latest numbers showed Upton leading Hoogendyk 66 percent to 34 percent, with more than half of the precincts reporting.

Primary 2012
9:48 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hoekstra wins U.S. Senate Primary

Peter Hoekstra
Rick Pluta Michigan Radio

Peter Hoekstra won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, defeating three other candidates.

With 18 percent of the precincts reporting, Holland-native Hoekstra was ahead of his opponents by more than 20 points.

The Free Press reports most polls favored Hoekstra over the other contenders.

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Primary 2012
1:12 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Michigan Radio's Primary Election results

A screen shot of our interactive map, which you can find on our election page
Michigan Radio

Let Michigan Radio help you understand and follow the 2012 State Primary Election with our new election page.

As the election results roll in this evening, we’ll provide you with up-to-the-minute information here on the blog, on our social media feeds, and our interactive results map.

If you’re looking for a little more context at the voting booth, you can read our collection of stories and commentary about key races.

Check back on our election page for updated results for:

  • The statewide U.S. senate race
  • Various U.S. congressional primaries
  • State house primaries (in our listening area)
  • Various ballot proposals and millages (in our listening area)

Won’t be around your computer?  You can also follow us via our Facebook and Twitter feeds to get real-time updates on your smartphone. 

For additional information, check out the Michigan Voter Information Center.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Business
4:38 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Whirlpool to close Indiana refrigerator center, consolidate in Michigan

Whirlpool Corp. is planning to shut down the last of its operations in a southern Indiana city where it had more than 1,500 workers a few years ago by moving refrigerator development work to Michigan.

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Law
2:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Kilpatrick case jurors' identities will be kept from public

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Dave Hogg Wikimedia Commons

A judge says the names and hometowns of jurors will only be known by lawyers in the upcoming corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says she's concerned about the privacy of jurors. At a hearing today, she said jurors will be identified in court by a number in place of their names to everyone except the lawyers.

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Law
12:20 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Flint's City Council President will oppose a new emergency manager

Scott Kincaid, Flint City Council President
City of Flint CityOfFlint.com

Flint's City Council President opposes the appointment of a new emergency manager for his city.

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Economy
3:46 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Michigan unemployment agency's computer, phone systems get $69M upgrade

ppdigital MorgueFile.com

Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is undergoing a $69 million computer and phone system upgrade, reports MLive. The agency says the upgrade will cause interruptions in service.

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Politics & Government
1:09 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Ficano's 20% county worker pay cut upheld

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano
Robert Ficano RobertFicano.com

Today, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that when Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano imposed 20 percent pay cuts on county workers, he was acting within his rights, reports the Detroit Free Press.

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