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Democratic Hopeful in Michigan's 1st District Plans Write-In

Democratic Hopeful in Michigan's 1st District Plans Write-In

Created: May 01, 2018 10:57 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The sole Democrat vying to represent northern Michigan's 1st congressional district says he can prevail as a write-in candidate after a technical gaffe could keep him off the primary ballot.

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Matt Morgan's campaign issued a news release Monday saying the Michigan Bureau of Elections does not plan to recommend the Board of Canvassers certify his petition to qualify for the August primary. The announcement says Morgan's use of a post office box address on his nominating petition could invalidate his candidacy.

Without the board's blessing, Morgan plans to urge supporters to write him in as the Democratic nominee. He seeks to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman of Watersmeet.

Morgan's name could still appear on general election ballots in November if he wins the Democratic primary in August.

The seat, covering the entire Upper Peninsula and portions of the northern Lower Peninsula, had been in Democratic hands for about two decades until the 2010 tea party wave.

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