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Jim Ananich vs. Robert Daunt: 6 things to know about Tuesday's special election winners

GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The results are in from Tuesday's special primary election for the 27th Senate District seat. And Democrat Jim Ananich will face Republican Robert Daunt in the May 7 general election.

Ananich, Stanley react to 27th Senate District primary race
After receiving word he won the majority vote, State Rep. Jim Ananich gives a large hug to Laurie Abdella of Flint while he celebrates with his watch party on March 12, 2013 at Luigi's Restaurant in Flint, Mich. after maintaining a large lead in 27th Senate District primary. "I'm really happy with the results," said the Flint Democrat of the figures showing him with 7,352 votes to second-place challenger state Rep. Woodrow Stanley's 2,604 votes with 122 of 141 precincts reporting in the special primary for the 27th Senate District seat. "We worked really hard and ran an aggressive grassroots campaign and all the hard work paid off." Jake May | MLive.com 

The special primary election was called because former state Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, won election in November to be Genesee County clerk/register. Under state law, the governor called a special election replace him. The new senator will serve out the remainder of Gleason's term, through 2014.

It was a low-key race that drew less than ten percent of local voters.

Here's a look at 6 things to know about Tuesday's special election winners.

Jim Ananich

  • Ananich is a former Flint school teacher and city council member.
  • Ananich said “public safety is extremely important and getting things done is what people want from their elected officials” as well as bringing more jobs into the community.
  • Ananich, first ran for state representative in 2004, but lost to former 49th District state Rep. Lee Gonzales.

Robert Daunt

  • Daunt is a Flint real estate professional.
  • Daunt said public safety and jobs are important, along with educational improvement and work on deteriorating roads.
  • Daunt lost to Ananich in November 2012 in the race for 47th House District seat.

Here's a look at our complete coverage from election night:

Public safety, roads key issues for Ananich, Daunt heading into 27th Senate District general election (with video)

Republican challenger Robert Daunt to face State Rep. Jim Ananich for 27th Senate District seat in May (with video)

Election results: Primary vote Tuesday, March 12, for Genesee County's 27th District state senator

Turnout low across Genesee County in 27th Senate District special primary

Low voter turnout expected Tuesday in Genesee County for 27th Senate District special primary election

Blake Thorne is a reporter for MLive-The Flint Journal. Contact him at bthorne1@mlive.com or 810-347-8194. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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