1st Congressional District

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Can Democrats flip three Michigan districts in the 2016 election?

Nancy Kaffer tackled that question in her recent column for the Detroit Free Press.

In her column, Kaffer looked at the 1st, 7th, and 8th Congressional districts in Michigan. Voters in each of those districts elected Republicans in the last election, “by pretty narrow margins.”

6/25/2015 Update:

Lon Johnson will make his candidacy for Michigan's 1st Congressional District official this afternoon in the Upper Peninsula. A press release sent to reporters this morning states:

Democrat Lon Johnson will announce his candidacy for Congress in Michigan’s First Congressional District, challenging Republican incumbent Dan Benishek. Johnson will make the announcement at the Marquette County Democrats’ annual Summer Sizzle Picnic in Ishpeming, MI. 

Lon Johnson grew up in a family with five generations of Northern Michigan history and has worked in American manufacturing and as a civilian in Iraq. Lon, 44, lives in Kalkaska County and is married to Julianna Smoot. Lon is currently the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

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Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark break down the news that Lon Johnson, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, is considering a run in Michigan's 1st Congressional District in 2016. 

The uppermost part of the state holds the state's 1st Congressional District.
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< If you live up here --

--- Rep. Dan Benishek (R) is the guy who speaks for you in Washington D.C. (along with your two Senators, of course).

The Associated Press reports today that a retired sheriff and former military officer is planning to challenge Benishek in 2014.

Democrat Jerry Cannon on Tuesday announced his campaign for the 1st District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Dan Benishek.

Cannon says he's frustrated with Washington and says Benishek isn't creating jobs or working for the middle class. A message was left with Benishek, a surgeon from Crystal Falls who won an open seat in 2010 and defended it in a rematch last year.

Cannon is a Vietnam veteran who later joined the Michigan Army National Guard, serving from 1977 to 2012. He also was sheriff in Kalkaska County.

Cannon lives in Fife Lake with his wife. They have four children.

Fritz Klug reports for MLive that Cannon will begin campaigning today:

Cannon is expected to make campaign stops in Marquette and Traverse City today. The announcement comes a day after Democrats launched radio ads attacking Benishek.

In his last election, Benishek narrowly beat his challenger in 2012.

Gary McDowell

It was a close race, but the votes have been counted and Democrat Gary McDowell conceded the 1st Congressional district race to incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Benishek.

McDowell conceded the election last night.

By last count, Benishek and McDowell were separated by less than 1 percent of the vote.