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Election 2014
12:23 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Results - November 2014

A crowd at the Cambria Suites in Traverse City applauds Republican State Senate Candidate Wayne Schmidt (far left), who declared victory in his race over Democrat Phil Bellfy.
Credit Aaron Selbig

CORRECTION: Earlier copy stated Franz victory margin was less than one tenth of a percentage point when it is actually less than one percentage point. We apologize for the error.

UPDATE: 11/05 6:00 AM

Republican Ray Franz has won a third term in Lansing by less than one percent of the vote. Franz had about 320 more votes than Democrat Tom Stobie in the race for Michigan's 101st House District.

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104th State House District
2:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Moderate vs. idealist in race for Grand Traverse County's state house seat

The race for Grand Traverse County’s state house seat is open for the first time since 2008.

So far the campaign has been a relatively polite affair, but the two candidates are appealing to voters in totally different ways.


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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Ballot questions not the final word on wolf hunting

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The Humane Society just started airing ads aimed at persuading voters in the closing days of the campaign season. But whether people vote “yes” or “no” on wolf hunting, the two ballot questions are not the final word on the issue.

That’s because the ballot campaign on its own will not determine the future of wolf hunting in Michigan.

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Election 2014
8:52 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Northern Michigan candidate debates and forums

Interlochen Public Radio is co-sponsoring a number of debates over the next week for candidates in Northwest Lower Michigan seeking state and federal office. Candidates for the 101st and 104th State House districts, the 35th and 37th State Senate districts, and Michigan's 1st Congressional District will participate. For information about attending the live events, follow the links below. You can listen online (on this page) within 24 hours and they will also be broadcast at the times indicated on IPR News Radio.

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1st Congressional
11:45 am
Mon October 13, 2014

'Doc' Benishek, 'General' Cannon clash in race for Congress

Jerry Cannon (left) and Dan Benishek (right)

The race for northern Michigan’s U.S. House seat was one of the most closely contested elections in the state in 2012.

Republican Dan Benishek won reelection by less than half a percentage point. Once again he's facing strong competition as the November election approaches – this time from a retired Army National Guard general.

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