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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

MI: Primary day arrives

1:24 PM

Today is the day Michigan voters make their picks in congressional primaries.

The most-watched races:

-- The Democratic primary in the 13th District, where incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit, is facing former state Rep. Mary Waters and state Sen. Martha Scott. Kilpatrick's son, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been involved in an ongoing scandal involving text messages allegedly exchanged between him and one of his aides.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley urged readers to vote, calling the race "a referendum on U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and how she raised her son, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who faces perjury and other charges in connection with a police whistle-blower trial."

-- The 7th District, where Democratic state Sen. Mark Schauer is facing Sharon Renier. In the most recent fundraising filings Schauer had a wide lead in fundraising over Renier and even beat out incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg.

Statewide, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has estimated a turnout of 1.4 million out of the state's 7.2 million registered voters.

Check this page for election results after polls close at 8 p.m.


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