Per ClickonDetroit, Peter Meijer has won the 2020 Republican primary election for U.S. House Michigan District 3.
Meijer defeated Joe Farrington, Emily Rafi, Tom Norton, and Lynn Afendoulis in Tuesday’s election.
“Tonight, I would like to congratulate Peter Meijer on the big victory in his primary. When Michigan’s 3rd congressional district needed a voice in Washington, Justin Amash turned his back on his constituents. Peter is a conservative veteran who will bring strong, stable, and effective representation to West Michigan – and never turn his back on us,” reads a statement from Michigan GOP Chairman Laura Cox.
On a night that will involve a lot of waiting for results, it’s already clear Peter Meijer (grandson of the grocery founder) will head to November as the GOP candidate to replace Independent Justin Amash in MI3. Democrat Hillary Scholten awaits. #MIPrimary
— Devin Scillian (@DevinScillian) August 5, 2020
USAToday reports Peter Meijer, a military veteran and member of the family of a retail chain that shares their family name, won the GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Justin Amash for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.
Meijer was viewed as a favorite by pundits to win the race. However, several candidates, including state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township and former Sand Lake Village Trustee Tom Norton, ran aggressive campaigns against Miejer.
Meijer will go on to compete against the Democratic nominee, Hillary Scholten, in the general election in November. Scholten, an attorney, ran uncontested Tuesday and locked up a handful of major liberal interest group endorsements.
Amash left the Republican party last year after calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Amash briefly considering running for president as a third-party candidate, but then decided against it. Last month, he indicated that he would not seek reelection.
Meijer’s message prior to the vote:
We have less than 48 hours before polls close in our #MI03 GOP primary. I am so humbled by the support and the faith that so many have put in our campaign. Now it’s time to bring it home for West Michigan this Tuesday, August 4th. #votemeijer pic.twitter.com/nDg07f2D9u
— Peter Meijer (@VoteMeijer) August 3, 2020