MI-1 GOP Primary: Benishek Ahead By A Single Vote

One vote is all that separates the top two Republican candidates seeking election in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, which represents northern Bay County, the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State, Tea Party candidate Dr. Dan Benishek received one vote more than state Sen. Jason Allen in the Republican primary.

Benishek of Crystal Falls leads Allen of Alanson 27,091 to 27,090, according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s website. The Associated Press had Benishek leading by 12 votes.

“It’s just so huge because it’s such a large territory,” said Bay County Clerk Cynthia A. Luczak.

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, has held the seat since 1993, but decided to step down this year.

Ken Silfven, spokesman for the Michigan Department of State, said a recount is not automatic, but candidates have 48 hours after the election is officially called on Aug. 23 to petition for a recount.

Luczak said a manual recount is a huge undertaking and could affect the county clerk’s office preparation for the Nov. 4 general election.

“It would be a massive undertaking,” Luczak said.

No other Bay County elections seem to have been close enough to justify a recount petition, according to Luczak.

The Republican who ultimately prevails in the 1st District will face Democrat Gary McDowell in November.

Read more from Michael Wayland at mlive.com

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