Republican Larry Inman appears to have won re-election in Michigan’s 104th state House District.
Inman beat Democrat Dan O’Neil by less than 1 percent of the vote. According to unofficial results from the Grand Traverse County Clerk’s office, Inman beat O’Neil by 349 votes.
Inman was surprised by how close the race turned out to be.
“This has been a very unusual race … and we don’t know the effect of the popularity of the president or not,” said Inman.
Democrat Dan O’Neil says he’s proud of his campaign despite the outcome.
“We knocked 33,000 doors in this county,” he said. “Just really proud of the support we’ve had from the community, so that’s been the takeaway today.”
Inman says his legislative priorities will focus on education and water infrastructure.
“We have a water and infrastructure bill that the governor and I are working on that will hopefully provide some money to local governments so that they can have funds to replace and repair old pipelines … and also water treatment centers."
Republicans have held the 104th state house seat for decades.