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Geiss wins Democratic primary for state Senate

Democrat Erika Geiss of Taylor defeated Robert Kosowski of Westland for the chance to face-off against Republican Brenda Jones for Michigan's 6th Senate District in Wayne County, according to unofficial election returns.

State Rep. Erika Geiss

Geiss pulled in just over 65 percent of the vote, compared to Robert Kosowski's 34 percent, in a bid to replace term-limited Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor.

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In the state Senate District 5 race, Betty Jean Alexander won collecting nearly 54 percent of the vote over Democratic incumbent opponent David Knezek, who had 44.9 percent. She will square off against Republican DeShawn Wilkins in November. District 5 represents parts of Detroit, Redford Township, Dearborn Heights, Inkster and Garden City.

For the 7th Senate District in Wayne County, Dayne Polehanki won with 73 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Ghulam Qadir, who had 26 percent. The winner will face GOP challenger Laura Cox and Libertarian candidate Joseph LeBlanc in November.

Geiss, who received backing from the UAW and Emily's List, said she would continue to work on closing the wage gap for under-represented groups. 

"I have always made it my goal to make sure that everyone, regardless of their race, sex or socioeconomic status, has equal access to opportunities that allow them to dream, aspire and achieve their goals," she said.

Kosowski pushed for “adequate revenue sharing, local project investment and clean drinking water,” according to his campaign website. His endorsements include the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Police Officers Association of Michigan. 

In the District 11 House race, Democrat incumbent Jewell Jones beat Randy Walker by a margin of 61-37, and will face GOP candidate James Townsend.

Overnight, in District 12, Democrat Alexandria Taylor lost her lead, going from 47 percent of the vote, with just over a third of the precincts reporting, to 36 percent of the vote when all were tallied — enough to claim second place to Alex Garza, who pulled in 46 percent of the vote. The two were separated by a margin of 947 votes. 

The winner will face Republican Michelle Bailey in the November general election.

In District 13, Democrat Frank Liberati won the chance to face GOP candidate Annie Spencer in November, with 75.6 percent. He outpaced Democratic primary opponent Asmaa Alhasani, who earned 24.4 percent of the vote.

In state House District 14, Democrat Cara Clemente won her race against Mark Kremer, 83.2 percent to 16.8 percent. Clemente will face Republican Darrell Stasik for a seat in the Michigan Legislature.

In District 15, Democrat Abdullah Hammoud, the sole candidate, will square off against Republican nominee Doug Mitchell in November.

Four Democrats competed in District 16 to run against Republican candidate Jody Rice-White. Democratic candidate Kevin Coleman won, with 39.4 percent of the votes in unofficial returns. He ran against Mike McDermott, who received 31.7 percent of the vote and candidates Bill Johnson with 25.1 percent and Jacob Johnson with 3.8 percent.

In District 19, Democrat Laurie Pohutsky won her race, with 56.2 percent of the vote, over fellow Democrat Dan Centers' 43.8 percent. Pohutsky will face GOP candidate Brian Meakin in November.

Michigan House Democrats said Tuesday that they are "ready to win back" the state House of Representatives in November.

"After nearly eight years of one party control in Lansing, Michiganders have had enough of Republicans putting wealthy corporations ahead of working families. From Monroe to Menominee, our Democratic candidates have the values, the work ethic and the momentum to win in November and end the Republican decade of corruption,"  said House Democratic Leader Rep. Sam Singh in a news release late Tuesday.

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