U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit, won a close three-way primary election Tuesday, edging out her closest competitor by roughly 1,600 votes, according to an unofficial tally from the Michigan secretary of state. Observers attribute the tight finish to a scandal facing her son, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
From the Detroit Free Press:
Early results Tuesday showed the six-term congresswoman trailing both her opponents, but as the night wore on and more Detroit numbers came in, she pulled even and then slightly ahead of former state Rep. Mary Waters at around midnight. ...In the 7th Congressional District, state Sen. Mark Schauer nearly doubled up on Dem primary opponent Sharon Renier, getting 17,268 votes to Renier's 8,989, according to the secretary of state's Web site.
The vote was seen in large part as a referendum on the mayor, who has been charged with criminal felony counts in a text message scandal.
The congresswoman's campaign produced a brochure handed out at polling places Tuesday by the Eastside Community Slate. The brochure said: "The 'alleged' sins of the son should not be visited upon the mother."