Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall.
Just after 10:10 p.m. the Associated Press reported James, a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday’s primary.
Stabenow is seeking a fourth Senate term and has easily fended off past challengers, but Trump’s narrow 2016 victory in Michigan has the GOP hopeful it can flip the seat.
President Donald Trump’s endorsement of John James in Michigan’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate was considered by some political observers to be a key boost to James’ campaign.
Mr. Trump tweeted that he rarely has seen such a “spectacular” candidate with “such great potential.”
James, a 37-year-old African-American business executive and Iraq War veteran, ran against businessman Sandy Pensler in the Aug. 7 contest.
Trump, who narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016, tweeted Friday that James is “strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, our Vets and our Second Amendment. He will be a star. He has my full and total Endorsement!
James is a 2004 West Point graduate and served as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. After eight years in the service he returned to Michigan to work in his family’s business. He is currently the President of James Group International.
He is married and lives in Farmington Hills.