Updated: Cassis Concedes, Bentivolio Wins Republican Race for 11th District

Kerry Bentivolio is victorious as the Republican candidate for Michigan's 11th District in the primary Tuesday.

has declared victory in the Republican race for Michigan's 11th District seat.

According to unofficial results from county clerks, Bentivolio received 66 percent of the vote while Cassis received 34 percent. 

Bentivolio gave an acceptance speech to a group of supporters gathered at the in Novi Tuesday night around 11 p.m.

Shouts of "Kerry! Kerry!" welcomed him to the stage as "Eye of the Tiger" played.

"We did it!" Bentivolio said. "You did it!"

Cheers broke out after he accepted the candidacy.

"It looks like Mr. B is going to Washington," he said.

Opponent released a concession statement just before noon Wednesday.

"When we entered this race my husband Victor and I knew we were undertaking a monumental task," Cassis said in the statement. "No Republican candidate has ever waged a successful write-in campaign to win a primary nomination in electoral history. We fought the good fight, but in the end we were unable to overcome this fundamental challenge."

Bentivolio will face the in the November election.

Wayne resident William Rushlow said he was very happy with the victory, even though he is no longer in the . He volunteered for the Bentivolio campaign.

"I am happy that there is going be somebody in Washington who is going to represent me, the working man, the common man, who will fight for my interests instead of special interests or the money interests," Rushlow said. "I feel like today I won."

Earlier in the night, Cassis gathered with supporters in the clubhouse of in Novi.

She said that she always knew that having a write-in campaign was a rough road to hoe.

"Honestly, we know that had I been on the ballot, I would have overwhelmingly won," Cassis said around 9 p.m. before Bentivolio claimed victory.

In her concession statement Wednesday, Cassis wished Bentivolio luck.

"Congratulations are in order for my opponent Kerry Bentivolio. I thank him for his service to our country on the battlefield and I wish him well in his upcoming campaign," she said. 

Cassis added that she does not regret the challenging write-in campaign and would do it again.

"Our party grows stronger when we are given the benefit of debating our differences and I believe we will be stronger in November for this undertaking," she said in the statement. 

In his acceptance speech, Bentivolio also concentrated on the race ahead of him.

"With your help in the next few months we will stand together to make sure that we remain free and prosperous for decades to come," he said.

EHM August 11, 2012 at 02:20 AM
And clearly I had some editing problems, but unfortunately I hit submit before catching them.
Peggy Miller August 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Herb, You're quite comical. If you knew me, you would know that I am not an angry person! I am passionate about my love for my country and horrified at what the progressive movement has done to it. I really don't have time to waste on dribble with a journalist wanna-be who is concerned only about who paid for Kerry's victory party!! Are you concerned about who's paying for obamacare? Are you concerned about who's paying for TARP? Are you concerned about who's paying for all-time record recipients of government welfare? If all you want to know is who paid for Kerry's party, call him and ask him!! Unless you can come up with more substantive concerns, I can't be bothered!
Paul Baugher August 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Herb - obviously when I say we I mean Libertarians. And it's not the Libertarian Party, but the Libertarian IDEA.
Paul Baugher August 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Herb - educate yourself... economic ruin is already here. The Federal Reserve/ fractional banking system is a ponzi scheme. This is our revolution. We're trying to take our country back from the International banking cartel. 16 trillion in stated national debt while the actual debt of the country is in the hundreds of trillions. We do not have money, so we trade in debt. The collapse already happened... this country has been taken over. And your reluctance for change is based on nothing but fear and statist propaganda. A country based on usury, continuous warfare and genocidal policies CAN NOT PROSPER. The End Game is WW3, and the NWO. We will not stand idle. I see it for what it is with eyes wide open, EVIL. You might just scratch the surface with your generalities of Ron Paul Libertarians... he is in fact a hybrid Republican... a figurehead for a larger movement. I don't expect a Democrat to understand anything past their own nose, so be happy in your ignorance. Our revolution will be peaceful... lest they make it impossible. I'm just giving you fair warning, do with it what you will.
Diane August 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Simply curious Herb? I think not. There is an obvious divide and conquer plan in play by the Democrat party, like claiming racism where none exists yet ignoring obvious racism because it doesn't fit your agenda. Or pushing class warfare when most elected officials in both parties are mega millionaires because of the back room secret deals and insider trading that occurs. I am thankful for every dollar that helped defeat Nancy - super pac or not. PAC's are used by BOTH parties to further their agenda. Pointing fingers at one doesn't quite pass the smell test. If you are so concerned with who paid for Bentivolio's victory party why not pick up the phone and ask? Much easier than posting innuendo and attempting to create doubt where none exists. But then that wouldn't fit your plan.


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