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Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face incumbent Republican Mike Bishop in 8th Congressional race

Elissa Slotkin
Cheyna Roth
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MPRN

Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive race for a Michigan congressional district that stretches between Lansing and the northern Detroit suburbs.

Slotkin - who had U.S. intelligence, national security and defense roles during the Obama and Bush administrations - beat Michigan State University professor Chris Smith in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The incumbent Bishop defeated business owner Lokesh Kumar in the GOP race.

Democrats hoping for a "blue wave" in November see the 8th District as a pickup opportunity. Bishop, a former legislative leader, is seeking a third term in the GOP-leaning seat.
 

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