Michigan: Allen Concedes to Benishek in 1st District

By Tricia Miller, CQ Politics

The tight Republican primary in retiring Rep. Bart Stupak’s northern Michigan district is finally decided. State Sen. Jason Allen, the second place finisher by 15 votes, decided not to ask for a recount Saturday night.

“Over the last few months we had a spirited campaign and I am truly humbled by the support I have received across the first Congressional district,” Allen said in a news release. “This past week I have been speaking to Republican leaders across the state, my supporters and most importantly my family, to determine the best course of action. As a result of those conversations, I have decided not to pursue a recount.”

Surgeon Dan Benishek declared victory in the race three times: when an unofficial count the day after the July 27 primary showed him one vote ahead of Allen; when an accelerated county certification process showed him 15 votes ahead on Thursday; and when the state board of canvassers certified the county results on Friday morning.

Following the state board’s decision, Allen had until Sunday morning to decide whether he would ask for a recount. Allen, who is term-limited out of his state Senate seat, put his full weight behind Benishek.

“I look forward to working with Dan Benishek in the fall campaign. The first Congressional district is long overdue for conservative representation in Congress. I believe Dan Benishek will be an outstanding Congressman for northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” Allen said in the release.

Benishek will face state Rep. Gary McDowell in the general election. CQ-Roll Call rates this race a tossup

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