Money talks in Michigan primary

In the latest episode of MichMash, MLive’s Simon Schuster joins Cheyna Roth to break down how money from the Democratic Party and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee affected Tuesday’s primary.

Michigan’s primary on Tuesday featured high-profile matchups and high-dollar spending for both parties.

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In this episode:

  • AIPAC spends big in Michigan’s primary
  • Explaining the Democrats’ gambit to support Trump-backed John Gibbs
  • Trump’s late endorsement takes Tudor Dixon to resounding victory
  • Republican candidates continue to push baseless claims of election fraud
  • What Kansas’ vote on abortion means for Michigan in November

AIPAC spends big, with mixed results

Several candidates received significant monetary support from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), including Rep. Haley Stevens who defeated Rep. Andy Levin in the 11th Congressional District, ending a decades-long run of Levins representing Michigan in Congress. 

Not all AIPAC-supported candidates won in Michigan’s Democratic primaries, though. Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey was easily defeated by Rep. Rashida Tlaib in the 12th Congressional District race. Tlaib is an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights.

State Rep. Shri Thanedar narrowly defeated a crowded field of candidates in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, including AIPAC supported state Sen. Adam Hollier.

Democrats support trump candidate John Gibbs

In a controversial gambit, the Democratic Party spent $400,000 in ads supporting Trump-backed Republican John Gibbs in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Gibbs defeated moderate incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer, who previously voted to impeach President Trump.

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