Hoekstra silent on endorsement after Mich. vote

After receiving what he called "$3-million worth of pounding" in the gubernatorial primary, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) doesn't seem eager to get behind GOP nominee Rick Snyder.

Hoekstra sent an e-mail to supporters Thursday thanking them but made no mention of Snyder.

"I am proud of the campaign that we ran," he wrote. "We stayed positive, we never resorted to lies or deceitful practices and we ran a campaign based on ideas and solutions for Michigan's future. The people of Michigan deserve as much."

Snyder dramatically outspent his rivals, with much of it going to his TV advertising campaign. He raised more than $7.3 million, although $5.9 million was his own money, while Hoekstra raised only $1.6 million.

Snyder defeated Hoekstra and Attorney General Mike Cox (R) in Tuesday's primary. He faces Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) in November.

Snyder, a former top executive at computer maker Gateway Inc., might have trouble rallying the more conservative wing of the Michigan GOP. That's where an endorsement from the more conservative Hoekstra could come in handy. 

The congressman, however, didn't indicate one was forthcoming. "While Diane and I may not know what the future holds for us, I can assure you that we will continue to fight to see these goals become a reality for our state," he wrote.