Aug 4, 2010

Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick campaigned hard in the last days before the election, but lost to Clarke in the Democratic primary.   (WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press)

State Sen. Hansen Clarke staged a stunning upset victory Tuesday night over seven-term Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

With 53% of the overall district results in, Clarke had a 48-39% lead over the incumbent, who was first elected to Congress in 1996.

A subdued crowd at Kilpatrick's election night party at the Doubletree Fort Shelby in downtown Detroit waited for the final numbers to roll in, hoping that absentee ballots in Detroit might reverse the trend.

"You don't start dancing," said Kilpatrick supporter Sharon McPhail, a former Detroit city councilwoman. "You have to wait for the absentees."

At Clarke's party at the Centaur Bar in Detroit, the crowd cheered as Clarke greeted supporters. He said the election was a reflection of the power of the people of Michigan.

"This was bigger than an opponent and not about the incumbent or a family," Clarke said. "For decades, people have run for office to serve themselves, their family and not the people of the city. You must be mindful that elected officials come and go, but people, not politicians, always have the power."

A poll of 400 people done last month in the 13th Congressional District by EPIC/MRA showed that 44% of the people surveyed said they planned to vote for someone other than Kilpatrick because of the scandals surrounding her son -- former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who sits in jail on a probation violation on state felonies and is awaiting trial on federal charges of tax evasion and mail and tax fraud. source


This really doesn't bode well for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  First you have Rep Charlie Rangel being brought up on ethics charges then Rep. Maxine Waters and now longstanding congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick loses her primary bid.  Whew...the CBC is definitely taking a beating it would appear.


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