Former lawmakers Courser and Gamrat doing poorly in attempt to win back seats
Two former lawmakers who were booted from Michigan's Capitol for an extramarital affair and a strange cover-up scheme are well behind in crowded primary fields to win back their seats.
Tea party leaders Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat ran in Tuesday's special Republican primaries.
Courser resigned in September while facing expulsion. Gamrat was expelled.
Courser had about 3 percent of the vote with 36 percent of precincts reporting. Gamrat had about 10 percent of the vote with 60 percent of precincts reporting.
Mary Whiteford was leading with nearly 50 percent of the vote in Gamrat's old seat. Jim Storey was leading with 24 percent of the vote in Courser's former district.
Courser sent a phony email that said he was caught having sex with a male prostitute. He said the tale would make his affair with Gamrat less plausible in case it was revealed by an anonymous extortionist.