Businessman Paul Mitchell won the Republican primary in Michigan’s thumb – that’s the 10th Congressional District.
Mitchell, who lives in Dryden, loaned his campaign a LOT of money: more than $2.5 million in loans, plus straight up giving the campaign another half million.
Just to compare, the Republican who came in second behind Mitchell, State Sen. Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township, raised just $360,000 total, as of the last filing date.
As of midnight Wednesday morning, Mitchell’s victory margin over Pavlov was just about 6,000 votes, with 93% of the precincts reporting.
Mitchell bought a lot of TV ads that depicted him as a Washington outsider, and somebody’s who not a career politician.
The district is considered a fairly safe bet for Republicans, and incumbent Congresswoman Candice Miller isn’t seeking reelection.
According to his campaign website, Mitchell believes in “the fundamental right to life from conception to a natural death…” and in “the right of states under the 10th Amendment to address their own needs including education, and particularly will fight the imposition of Common Core education standards and other similar federal mandates through federal funding.”
Mitchell pledges to also “oppose any bill that gives a special path to citizenship for those who have entered our nation illegally.”
One lone Democrat, Frank Accavitti Jr,, ran on that side of the ballot. He and Mitchell will face off in November.