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Democrat Andy Levin wins father's U.S. House seat

Democrat Andy Levin on Tuesday won the U.S. House seat of his father, retiring U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, and ensured the Levin political legacy will continue, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate in the 9th District Andy Levin, right, shows his new walking shoes to supporter Ann Serafin of Ferndale after a rally  in Madison Heights, Monday.

According to unofficial results, Levin, 57, defeated Republican Candius Stearns of Sterling Heights with the backing of his father; his uncle, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin; and the United Auto Workers union.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Levin collected 59.6 percent of the votes compared to 36.8 for Stearns.

Levin said for too long, "cynical so-called leaders" have used fear and mistrust to divide people against one another "while running a con game, in which all benefits of economic growth have flown straight into the pockets of the very wealthiest Americans."

"We came out in huge numbers today to say that we’re onto the con," Levin said in a statement. "People responded to a positive campaign about high-quality jobs with living wages, quality education for every child, and health care and a dignified retirement for all."

Levin's victory followed a tough contested primary in which Levin defeated a well-financed Ellen Lipton of Huntington Woods, 53 percent to 42 percent.  

Levin will represent the 9th Congressional District, which includes Ferndale, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Hazel Park, St.Clair Shores, Warren, Bloomfield, and Sterling Heights.

Levin pledged to "help build a more just, inclusive America where workers share fairly in our prosperity," in a statement.

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters, retiring Congressman Sandy Levin, his brother, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and newly elected Congressman Andy Levin, son of Sandy, celebrate at the Democratic election night party.