Benishek wins GOP race in north Michigan district

DETROIT (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek has defeated challenger Alan Arcand in the 1st District primary covering northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Benishek will face retired National Guard general and sheriff Jerry Cannon in November. Cannon had no Democratic primary opponent.

Benishek, a former surgeon from Crystal Falls, is seeking re-election to a third two-year term in Congress. The 1st District is typically considered one of the most competitive general elections in the state.

Arcand, a military veteran, owns an auto repair business in Iron River. He criticized Benishek for not being conservative enough, while Benishek pledged to focus on job creation, develop an affordable "patient-centered" health care system and help veterans.

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