8th Congressional: Paul Junge wins GOP primary with huge showing in Oakland, Ingham

Mike Detmer won the battle but lost the war.

Paul Junge will be the Republican to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, after winning Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Detmer won big in Livingston County, but he ran third in the two other parts of the 8th Congressional District – Ingham County and Oakland County. Junge piled up huge leads in both of those areas to win the race. Krisina Lyke finished third overall, while Alan Hoover was a distant fourth.

ABOUT THE RACE

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a moderate Democrat, flipped the 8th District seat held by Republicans for almost two decades by beating U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, in 2018.

Candidates in the Republican primary included Mike Detmer of Howell, a sales manger at an automobile dealership; Alan Hoover, an Iraq veteran and entrepreneur from Ortonville in Oakland County; Paul Junge of Brighton, a former prosecutor and TV news anchor; and Kristina Lyke of Fowlerville, an attorney at Lyke Law in East Lansing. 

The 8th Congressional District includes Livingston, Ingham and northern Oakland counties.

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