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Amash wins GOP primary in 3rd District

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Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan's 3rd Congressional District.

Republican Congressman Justin Amash has beaten challenger Brian Ellis in the 3rd District primary in western Michigan.

The libertarian-leaning Amash was targeted by business groups as being too far outside the mainstream of his party. But Amash survived the challenge and is likely headed toward a third two-year term in the Republican-leaning seat that includes parts of five counties and the cities of Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.

Ellis is an investment adviser who loaned $1 million to his campaign and received support from national, state and local Chambers of Commerce.

Amash has made waves in Washington by bucking the GOP leadership. He is a favorite of grassroots and Tea Party activists.

Amash will face movie theater owner Bob Goodrich in November. Goodrich was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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