Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Loses Bid for an Eighth Term
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of the imprisoned ex-mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick, lost her bid for an eighth term with a Democratic-primary defeat Tuesday. The 65-year-old Detroit congresswoman lost to State Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit, who had 47 percent of the vote to Kilpatrick’s 41 percent, with 56 percent of precincts reporting. Rep. Kilpatrick's last term has been marred by her son Kwame Kilpatrick's high-profile legal issues. Rep. Kilpatrick has tried to distance herself from his legal woes, testifying before a grand jury but not appearing at any of his court dates. She is the sixth incumbent lawmaker, and the fourth from the House, to lose this year. November isn't looking that good for Democrats.
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