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Judges say Michigan’s 1st Congressional District was gerrymandered and needs to be redrawn. It was part of a federal court ruling announced Thursday.

Michigan's 1st Congressional District streches over most of northern Michigan and the entire Upper Peninsula. In their decision, the judges said the district was drawn to benefit Republican candidates.

Dan Wanschura

Republicans fared well across northern Michigan yesterday, while Democratic efforts to mobilize voters mainly paid off in Traverse City.

The GOP tightened its grip on two seats that have been the most likely to be competitive in recent elections.

In the vast 1st Congressional District, incumbent Republican Jack Bergman won with a slightly larger percentage of the overall vote than he took in 2016.

David Cassleman

County Democrats say Kenzie Jeurink has moved to Manistee, effectively dropping her from the race.

Republican Gordie LaPointe is now essentially running unopposed for the county’s sixth district.

Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele says Jeurink’s name will still be on the ballot.

 

“If she won … she would decline to take the position and the new county board of commissioners would appoint someone from that district to fill that position,” Scheele says.

 

David Cassleman

Democrats have struggled to find candidates to run for office in Grand Traverse County. 

In recent elections, Democrats let most seats on the county Board of Commissioners go unchallenged. 

David Cassleman

Last November’s election was shocking for many progressives in northern Michigan. Democrats were expecting to do well in some races Up North. Instead, Republicans drubbed Democrats across Michigan and most of the country.