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Barnett Drops Out Of 8th District Congress GOP Race

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(WLNS) - A suburban Detroit mayor has withdrawn as a candidate for the congressional seat opening up with the retirement of Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said Friday it'd be "counterproductive" to have a divisive GOP primary among three Rochester Hills residents. His decision leaves former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and state Rep. Tom McMillin running in the primary for the Republican-leaning seat.

Barnett says he was humbled to be endorsed by Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson and Sheriff Mike Bouchard. He wants to ensure the 8th Congressional District is represented by a "strong conservative."

Rogers has endorsed Bishop.

Mike Bishop, one of the other Republicans in the race, was quick to praise Barnett. Bishop said, "I have no doubt that Bryan will remain a committed advocate for the City of Rochester Hills and I look forward to supporting his continued leadership and working with him in the years to come.”

There are four Democrats squaring off in the primary leading up to the November election.
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