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Republican Peter Meijer is projected to defeat Democrat Hillary Scholten in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District

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  • Peter Meijer, a Republican, is projected to defeat the Democrat Hillary Scholten in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Justin Amash, who's retiring.
  • Meijer is a US Army veteran who has worked overseas at an NGO and is now in urban planning, while Scholten is an immigration attorney. Both are first-time candidates.
  • Polls began closing in the district at 8 p.m. local time.
  • The district, which includes a stretch of western Michigan ranging from the Grand Rapids area down to Battle Creek, has traditionally leaned Republican.
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The candidates

The Republican Peter Meijer is projected to win against the Democrat Hillary Scholten in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Justin Amash, who's retiring.

Amash was first elected as a libertarian-style Republican in 2011 but became disillusioned with the GOP under President Donald Trump and left the party to become an independent in July 2019. He became affiliated with the Libertarian Party in 2020.

Meijer, whose family owns the Meijer supermarket chain, is a US Army veteran who worked overseas at a nongovernmental agency and is now an urban developer. He defeated state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis for the GOP nomination on August 4.

Scholten is an immigration attorney and advocate who worked in the Department of Justice under the Obama administration. Both nominees are first-time candidates.

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The district

The district, which includes a stretch of western Michigan ranging from the Grand Rapids area down to Battle Creek, has traditionally leaned Republican.

Trump carried the district by 10 points in the 2016 election, and the 2018 Republican Senate candidate John James carried it by 4 points.

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the two candidates were relatively evenly matched in fundraising and spending.

Meijer raised $2.6 million, spent $1.9 million, and had $739,000 in cash on hand, while Scholten raised $2.5 million, spent $1.7 million, and had $761,712 in cash on hand.

What experts said

In the general election, The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections rated the race as a "toss-up," while Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics rated it as "leans Republican."

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