Upton, Pagel, Pscholka win in Michigan's primary election

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Michigan Many Republican members of the Michigan House of Representatives have managed to fend off challengers in Tuesday's elections.

Longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton defeated a nurse from Dowagiac in the 6th District GOP primary in southwestern Michigan.

The 61-year-old Upton of St. Joseph defeated 46-year-old Jim Bussler in Tuesday's primary. Upton has been in the House since 1987 and was widely considered a shoo-in to win the primary.

Before his election to Congress, Upton was director of legislative affairs in Office of Management and Budget from 1981 to 1986. He was an aide to U.S. Rep. David Stockman from 1975 to 1981.

He now faces Democrat Paul Clements in the November election. Clements is a political science professor at Western Michigan University.

In other races, incumbent Dave Pagel beat challenger Jim Walker for Michigan's 78th District for State Representative.

Also, incumbent Al Pscholka won the republican nominee spot against Cindy Duran in the race for State Representative in the 79th District.


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