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Walberg wins Michigan's 7th Congressional District

Nov 9, 2016

Republican Congressman Tim Walberg beat Democratic state lawmaker Gretchen Driskell in the 7th District.

That race was one of the most expensive in the state, with both candidates raising more than $2 million each. Democrats were hoping this district would be a tossup race, since the voter registrations are split almost 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans.

Driskell alone put about a million dollars into TV ads, trying to depict herself as a job-focused independent, and paint Congressman Tim Walberg as "Trade Deal Tim."

But in the end, Walberg won in the largely white, culturally conservative district. He focused his campaign on, you guessed it, jobs, but also vocational education and battling the heroin epidemic.