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Who’s running for Congress in Michigan? 6 incumbents face primary challengers

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Of the 11 Michigan incumbents running for re-election to the U.S. House, six will face primary challengers. (Lukas Holub/Shutterstock)
  • Fall elections will decide Michigan’s 13 congressional seats
  • Two open seats are expected to be among the most competitive in the country and draw heaps of outside spending
  • Six of 11 incumbents running for re-election face primary challengers

LANSING — Michigan's 13 congressional seats are each up for grabs this fall, and control the U.S. House may be at stake. 

Open seats in the state's 7th and 8th Districts are expected to be among the most competitive in the country and draw big spending from national groups.


Those Flint- and Lansing-area swing seats are currently held by Democrats who aren't seeking re-election to their posts: Dan Kildee, who is stepping down, and Elissa Slotkin, who is running for the U.S. Senate instead. 


Elsewhere, two first-term representatives are defending their seats in competitive districts: Rep. John James, R-Farmington Hills, in the Macomb County-based 10th and Hillary Scholten, D-Grand Rapids, in the west Michigan 3rd.

Republicans control the U.S. House, but upcoming elections will decide all 435 seats. In Michigan, Democrats currently hold seven congressional seats, and Republicans hold six. 

With President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump back at the top of the ballot, both major parties are optimistic about their chances in Michigan.


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