Royal Oak Tribune

Michigan Dem. Sen. Gary Peters wins reelection

- By David Eggert

LANSING » Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters won reelection Wednesday, defeating Republican challenger John James in a tight race.

The 61-year-old Peters continued Democrats’ dominance of Senate elections in the battlegrou­nd presidenti­al state. Republican­s have won just once there since the 1970s, despite having spent heavily to try to unseat Peters in one of their few pickup opportunit­ies.

Peters is a former congressma­n, state l awma ker, lottery commission­er and investment adviser who served in the Navy Reserve. He ran by emphasizin­g his bipartisan work, his ranking as one of the most effective senators and James’ support for President Donald Trump.

“I am sincerely honored that the voters of Michigan have once again put their trust and confidence in me to represent them in the United States Senate,” Peters said in a statement. “As we look ahead, I am energized to keep working to move our state forward and continue putting Michigan first.”

Earlier in the day, James retweeted his campaign consultant’s claim that he had “won this race” — despite Peters later taking and building his lead — drawing criticism from Democrats. James’ campaign could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Peters, 61, was one of two incumbent Democrats running for reelection in a state Donald Trump won in 2016 — a presidenti­al battlegrou­nd no less and a rare place on the Senate map for Republican­s to play offense in 2020. James, a 39-year- old Black businessma­n and Iraq War veteran, was waging a stiff challenge as he aimed to become the first Michigan Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in a quarter-century.

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