Primary 2018: Gretchen Driskell wins 7th Congressional District Democratic nomination

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Gretchen Driskell easily outdistanced Steven Friday to win the Democratic nomination in the primary election.

The November ballot for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District will look familiar.  It is a rematch between incumbent Republican Tim Walberg and Democratic challenger Gretchen Driskell.

Driskell, the former mayor or Saline, lost in 2016 to Walberg by a 50,000 vote margin.

The seat was last held by a Democrat in 2008 when Mark Schauer upended then-incumbent Walberg by just over 7,000 votes in a bitterly contested race.

Walberg came back in 2010 and defeated Schauer to win the seat for the Republicans.

Walberg has solidly held on to the 7th District ever since.

Driskell served 14 years as the mayor of Saline, the first woman to serve in that office in the city.  She went on to the House of Representatives to represent the 52nd District in 2012.  Driskell was re-elected in 2014.

In 2016 she challenged Walberg for the 7th Congressional seat and lost by a 55% to 40% margin.

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