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Eric Esshaki wins Michigan GOP primary to challenge Haley Stevens

Eric Esshaki wins Michigan GOP primary to challenge Haley Stevens
© Greg Nash

Attorney Eric Esshaki won the GOP primary in Michigan’s 11th District on Tuesday and will challenge Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensDemocrat Haley Stevens hangs on to Michigan House seat Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats MORE (D) in November. 

Esshaki, a former nurse, topped the five-candidate field with 31 percent of the vote after 100 percent of precincts had reported, according to The Associated Press.

Stevens flipped the suburban Detroit district in 2018, winning the open seat by more than 6 points after former Rep. David Trott (R-Mich.) declined to run for reelection. The Cook Political Report rates this year’s race as “Lean Democratic.”