Election 2018: Walberg wins 7th Congressional District rematch


The Associated Press has declared Tim Walberg the winner in another close race against a familiar opponent.

By a 54 percent to 46 percent margin, Walberg was named the winner of Gretchen Driskell just before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Having Gretchen Driskell challenge Tim Walberg for the 7th Congressional District is familiar ground; the two faced off two years ago.

Walberg won that race to represent the district that covers part of Eaton County and southern Michigan, including Jackson and Ann Arbor areas.

Driskell, who for 14 years was the mayor of Saline and a state lawmaker, says creating good paying jobs in the district is a high priority, as is lowering prescription drug costs to help make healthcare affordable.  She also is supporting fixing Michigan’s rapidly eroding infrastructure of roads and bridges.

Walberg, a former pastor, campaigned on the issues of continued economic growth for Michigan and cutting wasteful spending that leads to more debt and higher taxes.

Walberg has represented the district in the House since 2011.

The district went for President Trump, a Republican, in 2016 by a margin of 17 points. Trump won Michigan by 0.2 points. 

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