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

Roberto Acosta | By Roberto Acosta |
on March 13, 2013 at 12:50 AM, updated March 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

GENESEE COUNTY, MI – State Rep. Jim Ananich, D-Flint will face Republican challenger Robert Daunt during a May general election for the vacant 27th Senate District seat.

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 |

Ananich bested four Democrats on the ballot, tallying 8,472 votes, during the special Tuesday, March 12 primary election. State Rep. Woodrow Stanley, a Flint Democrat, finished with the second most votes at 6,237 votes.

"I'm really happy with the results," said Ananich during a gathering with family, friends and supporters at Luigi’s Restaurant off Davison Road. "We worked really hard and ran an aggressive grassroots campaign and all the hard work paid off."

While disappointed in the outcome, Stanley said “You launch (a campaign) with two notions: one is to win, one is to lose. While there is a numerical loss, I gained a lot of supporters that are going to move forward with me.”

County Commissioner Ted Henry had a strong showing, finishing third on the open ballot -- with voters selecting one candidate – with 1,409 votes.

Daunt, a real estate professional from Flint, finished fourth at 1,025 votes, but first in the Republican primary to get the chance to go head-to-head with Ananich on May 7 to finish out the remainder the term until the end of 2014 after John Gleason resigned from the position to become the Genesee County clerk/register.

“I’m sure there will be a different attention to the race for the final (in May),” he said. “I spent probably about $200 on the campaign. I plan on having some fundraisers and help behind me and hopefully do some new things.”

Republican candidate Adam Ford ended in fifth place with 851 votes and Democrat Chris Del Morone in sixth place totaling 231 votes. Democrat Lawrence Woods, who had dropped out of the race, but his name remained on the ballot, came in last with 148 votes.

The 27th Senate District includes the townships of Argentine, Clayton, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Gaines, Genesee, Montrose and Mundy and the cities of Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Linden, Montrose and Swartz Creek.

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