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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.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007.
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