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

Aug 7, 2012

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.

The current 11th district house seat was abandoned earlier this year by Thaddeus McCotter. A special election will be held on Sept. 5 to elect a short-term replacement.  Bentivolio is among the candidates running in that race too.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom