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Updated: Bentivolio Wins 11th Congressional Race

Taj conceded the race Wednesday morning.

Some results are still trickling in, but Democrat Syed Taj conceded the race for Michigan's 11th Congressional District to Republican Kerry Bentivolio Wednesday morning. 

"It goes without saying that I am disappointed in last night's results. However, I am not disappointed in the campaign that we have ran in the 11th. We faced a tough map and in spite of this disadvantage worked our district hard and left nothing on the table," Taj said in a statement.

Bentivolio spoke to a group of supporters just before midnight Tuesday at his election party at the Sheraton in Novi, thanking them for their support.

"We're going to go to Washington, and we're going to represent the 11th District like it's never been represented before," he said.

As of Wednesday morning, Bentivolio had the lead with 166,226 votes to Taj's 146,128 votes with 100 percent of Oakland County and 88 percent of Wayne County precincts reporting the unofficial results.

Bentivolio greeted supporters with hugs and handshakes when he entered the banquet hall Tuesday night. He also lifted up his grandchildren into his arms.

"This is the reason I did this -- for our grandchildren," he said.

Taj also had an election night party in Novi at the Baronette Renaissance Hotel. In his statement issued Wednesday morning, Taj thanked his supporters and said he will remain an active member of the community.

"We started this effort a year ago with a mind towards giving the voters of the 11th a real choice," he said. "I am satisfied that we accomplished this goal and unfortunately the voters choose differently than we had hoped and worked towards. I will remain a tireless advocate for job growth, health care access and affordability, Social Security and Medicare, and college affordability."

Michigan was re-districted this year, so now the 11th District serves Novi, Northville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Farmington, Rochester Hills, Troy, White Lake, Plymouth, Canton, Livonia, Wixom, Milford, Commerce, Waterford, Auburn Hills and more.

Bentivolio also was on the ballot to serve a partial term for the former 11th District, finishing out Thaddeus McCotter's term until the end of the year. McCotter resigned in July after his campaign failed to turn in the requisite 1,000 petitions needed to get on the GOP primary ballot in August.

The former 11th District serves Novi, Northville, Plymouth, Canton, White Lake, Livonia, Garden City, Westland, Wayne, Belleville, Milford, Highland, Commerce and more.

Preliminary results as of Wednesday morning show Democratic opponent David Curson leading the race to fill the partial term. Curson has 140,402 votes to Bentivolio's 131,959 with 100 percent of Oakland County precincts reporting and 91 percent of Wayne County precincts reporting.

Bentivolio said his most important message of the night was this:

"It's a congressman's job to protect your rights, not take them away," he said.

Bentivolio also thanked everyone for their prayers and said he hopes to continue to be blessed in Washington.

"We're going to do the right thing, we're going to set the right example, because we're Michigan tough," he said.

Herb Helzer November 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It was an uphill battle against the aggressive Republican gerrymander, but Thaddeus McCotter's implosion and Kerry Bentivolio's...quirks made it far closer than anyone would have thought this time last year. If Rep. Gary Peters had taken the risk of challenging Thaddeus in a District including towns he was already representing in Congress -- making Peters as much an "incumbent" as McCotter would have been -- he'd be our Congressman today (and Rep. Hansen Clarke would be representing the new 14th). But since that didn't happen, we had Dr. Taj, who ran an ethical, competent, well-organized campaign against Bentivolio, who hid from public scrutiny for MONTHS and let out-of-state Super PACs carry all his water.
Herb Helzer November 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
It doesn't have to be this way, and it is NOT the practice everywhere. In states where non-partisan commissions or judicial panels redraw the lines, the results tend to be legislators NOT recruited from the wingnut right or moonbat left.
Chris P. November 08, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I can't believe voters put this guy in. I can't believe Republicans endorsed him. Tragic.
FHVoice November 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Yes, Chris, it is a wonder. KB left a teaching job after being accused of harassing students. His own brother says he is mentally unstable. He now raises Reindeer and impersonates Santa Claus. He has 0 viable experience to be qualified for public office. Unfortunately, this choice reveals so much about the new 11th and the people in it.
ConcernedParent November 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
It's worth stating that Dr Taj did extraordinarily well considering the demographic of the district and the fliers that were mailed claiming his affiliation with Marxists. Crazy.

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