Former U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra has won the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate primary race after his main rival, Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe, conceded Tuesday shortly before 11 p.m.
Shortly after midnight, the Secretary of State's office showed Hoekstra leading the way with more than 97,000 votes while Durant was trailing with almost 59,000. There are about 30 more counties whose results are not yet included in those figures as they have not reported final results to the Secretary of State's office.
The race began with four men seeking the Republican nomination:
- Clark Durant, of Grosse Pointe Farms
- Gary Glenn, of Midland
- Randy Hekman, of Grand Rapids
- Pete Hoekstra, of Holland
Current U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, of Lansing, was the sole candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.
Durant's concession Tuesday means Hoekstra and Stabenow will face each other in the general election in November for the seat.
The results posted at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday show Hekman received just more than 15,000 votes and Glenn received the fewest so far with just less than 15,000 votes.
Durant's campaign released a statement about his concession, in which Durant urged voters to show their support in November for Hoekstra. Durant's release also highlights his belief that voters need to unite in order to change spending and other things happening in Washington.