Three U.S. House members have been defeated in the party primaries after elections in 35 states.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan Republican, was unseated yesterday by wealthy businessman David Trott in the 11th District near Detroit. Bentivolio’s loss wasn’t a surprise; he entered Congress as a novice candidate in 2012 who won only after succeeding an incumbent who resigned following a petition-signature scandal.
Bentivolio joins Republicans Eric Cantor of Virginia, the former House majority leader, and Ralph Hall of Texas, the oldest House member in history, as the only House members denied renomination at this point of the election year.
Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning Michigan Republican, won his primary by 57 to 43 percent over Brian Ellis, who was backed by the national, state and local chambers of commerce. Bloomberg’s Annie Linskey has more here about the outcome in that race.
In Kansas, Amash ally Tim Huelskamp fended off Alan LaPolice to win renomination in the 1st District, which takes in 63 counties and most of the state’s land area. Huelskamp, a favorite of Tea Party groups promoting limited government, joined Amash in voting against Ohio Republican John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker in 2013.
Click here for a chart listing of members of Congress defeated for renomination in elections dating to 1968.
No senator has been unseated in the primaries this year, though Kansas Republican Pat Roberts survived a scare yesterday, winning by just 48 to 41 percent over Milton Wolf, a radiologist who drew some backing from groups aligned with the Tea Party movement. Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter analyzed that race.
The next test comes tomorrow in Tennessee, where Sen. Lamar Alexander is opposed by state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s attacked the incumbent’s vote last year for an overhaul of immigration laws. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is trying to fend off a well-financed challenge from Jim Tracy, a state senator looking to dislodge the incumbent from the 4th District.