3 races key to Michigan congressional delegation

Published On: Nov 06 2012 07:57:37 AM EST

DETROIT -

Michigan voters are deciding one less congressional race after population losses in the last Census cost the state a seat in the U.S. House.

But Democrats still hope to capitalize in two districts where Republican incumbents have faced tougher-than-expected challenges -- and a third where a longtime GOP lawmaker isn't on the ballot.

The 11th District was considered a near-certain hold for the GOP before the downfall of Livonia Republican Thaddeus McCotter. McCotter failed to qualify for the primary ballot after his campaign submitted bogus signatures on nominating petitions.

He subsequently resigned, and his Republican-leaning district now is considered up for grabs with two little known candidates on the ballot.

Meanwhile, freshmen Republican Reps. Dan Benishek and Justin Amash also have faced tough campaigns in the 1st and 3rd districts.

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