Kerry Bentivolio appears winner of special election for McCotter replacement

Published On: Sep 05 2012 04:00:41 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 05 2012 11:30:55 PM EDT
Kerry Bentivolio wins
DETROIT -

In a special election on Wednesday, early election results showed voters decided Republican Kerry Bentivolio will face off against a Democrat in November to serve the rest of Thaddeus McCotter's term.

McCotter resigned from his 11th Congressional District seat after failing to get enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot. Members of his campaign are facing charges for an alleged petition-rigging scandal.

Bentivolio had the lead Wednesday night over four other Republicans on Wednesday's ballot to appear on the November ballot. If he wins, he will face the lone Democrat, David Curson. Wayne County's website offered unofficial results Wednesday night.

The official winner has yet to be decided. An Oakland County spokesman said no results are official until 5 p.m. Thursday. They have until then to count military ballots.

Whoever wins in November will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for the remainder of former congressman McCotter's term.

A separate contest on the Nov. 6 ballot decided who fills the seat in 2013-2014. Ex-teacher Bentivolio faces Democratic Canton Township Trustee Syed Taj in that race.

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