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Michigan Election Results 2012: Stabenow wins third Senate term; Bentivolio wins House race

Here is a summary of the election results in Michigan: (View full map)

President

President Obama won Mitt Romney’s birth state by a margin of 51 percent to 48 percent. The GOP challenger, who had criticized the auto bailouts, never gained momentum in the state.

Senate

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) won a third term by defeating former Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra. The GOP candidate earned a reputation for racial insensitivity with a controversial Super Bowl ad that featured an Asian actress thanking “Debbie Spenditnow” in faux broken English for borrowing money from China. The incumbent won 56 percent of the vote compared to her opponent’s 41 percent.

House

The 1st District race between Rep. Dan Benishek (R) and former state representative Gary McDowell (D) remained deadlocked with Benishek holding a lead of almost 2,300 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. In the 11th District, Republican Kerry Bentivolio — a Santa Claus impersonator, reindeer farmer and former teacher — defeated Democratic opponent and physician Syed Taj.

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