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Benishek wins primary easily in U.S. 1st District

Dan Benishek

Republican Congressman Dan Benishek has defeated challenger Alan Arcand in the 1st District primary covering northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Benishek will face retired National Guard general and sheriff Jerry Cannon in November. Cannon had no Democratic primary opponent.

Benishek is a former surgeon from Crystal Falls, and is seeking re-election to a third two-year term in Congress. The 1st District is typically considered one of the most competitive general elections in the state.

Arcand, a military veteran, owns an auto repair business in Iron River. He criticized Benishek for not being conservative enough, while Benishek pledged to focus on job creation, develop an affordable "patient-centered" health care system, and help veterans.

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