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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan businessman John James, a black Iraq War veteran who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination Tuesday and will take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall.

James, a political newcomer, convincingly defeated buyout firm founder Sandy Pensler in the GOP primary. The two traded barbs over their business records, conservative credentials and Trump, who swung his support behind James more than a week before the election.

Stabenow is seeking a fourth Senate term and has easily fended off past challengers, but Trump’s narrow 2016 victory in Michigan has the GOP hopeful it can flip the seat.

“Washington has enough career politicians,” James said in a news release after his victory. “We need people who have experience getting results. You aren’t going to get results from a 43-year career politician. Debbie Stabenow better get ready for the fight of her political life.”

James, 37, of Farmington Hills, has been highlighting his business credentials and military service. The West Point graduate flew Apache helicopters in combat and led two platoons during the Iraq War. After being honorably discharged, he joined his father’s Detroit-based group of companies: James Group International Inc. He is CEO of Renaissance Global Logistics, which ships supplier parts to auto factories around the world.

James is Michigan’s first black Republican nominee for a major statewide office in more than three decades, but he has said he only wants to be assessed on his character.

When Pensler entered the race, he had the financial advantage after loaning his campaign $5 million. But James, who gave his campaign $50,000, has made up ground, raising $3.9 million as of the end of June while securing endorsements from Right to Life, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Senate Conservatives Fund. Entering July, he had $1.3 million cash on hand compared to Pensler’s $2.3 million. Stabenow, who faces no primary challenger, had $9.6 million in the bank.

 

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9 thoughts on “Black Republican Backed By Trump Wins Victory In Michigan Senate Primary

  1. A Fischer on said:

    Pathetic…. when all you have is the cry of RACISM wake up black America……..your brothers and sisters who get it are leaving you all behind…. the race bater have got you all by the ba&$:/….you just don’t Get it…. John James is a great example for all young black men and women to look up to and follow his example… the rest is empty rhetoric… get busy and quit wining

  2. Amonre on said:

    To bad young man so missed guided he’s just tring to get more contracts for his company…..playing the republican game .

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    West Point grad, helicopter pilot, Iraq veteran, and successful businessman.
    *
    Another accomplished black man at the head of the dinner table acting like the waiter, inferior minded brother who believes the only way he can be successful is by cowering down selling his soul to a bunch of racist.

  4. Mac Daddy on said:

    West Point grad, helicopter pilot, Iraq veteran, and successful businessman. Congratulations Mr. James. Ignore the haters and their unproductive lives, that will always be that way

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