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A third House incumbent could go down in a GOP primary Tuesday night, though it appears a trio of other Tea Party-backed members will fend off their own challengers.


Accidental Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) has failed to mount a serious campaign after happening into a seat two years ago. If he loses, as expected, to establishment-backed challenger, Dave Trott, he would become the third congressman to lose a primary this year, following upsets against former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the House’s oldest member.



While Bentivolio looks like a goner, three other conservative incumbents, Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) are all expected to hold off their challengers.

Voters in Michigan and Washington will also nominate candidates to replace a trio of retiring House committee heads — Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) — along with Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who’s running for the Senate.Scissors-32x32.png

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'Accidental congressman' loses primary


Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) has lost his primary to businessman Dave Trott ®, making him the third House incumbent to fall this election cycle.


The Associated Press has called the race for Trott, who spent more than $2 million of his own money on the primary. He led Bentivolio by 66 percent to 34 percent with 60 percent of precincts reporting.


Bentivolio, a Tea Party activist and former reindeer farmer and Santa impersonator, was dubbed the "accidental congressman" in 2012. He was a major underdog until then-Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) failed to qualify for the ballot. Establishment Republicans fell short in a write-in campaign against him and Democrats failed to knock him off in the Republican-leaning district.Scissors-32x32.png


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