Skip to comments.Bart Stupak's Seat Goes to Pro-Life GOP Physician
Posted on 11/03/2010 4:02:49 PM PDT by wagglebee
LANSING, Michigan, November 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) Pro-life physician Dan Benishek (R) has seized the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, beating out his pro-life Democrat challenger.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Benishek has taken 51 percent of the vote over Gary McDowells (D) 47 percent in Michigans 1st District.
Stupak announced his retirement from Congress a month after exchanging his vote for the national health care reform law for an executive order from President Barack Obama that purports to ensure that public funds will not be used to subsidize abortion.
Stupaks deal with the president outraged most pro-life groups, which had been supporting the stand Stupak and a cadre of pro-life Democrats had taken for months that they would only vote for the law with an added statute that prevented all abortion funding.
After Stupaks much-decried decision to vote for health care, Benisheks little-noticed campaign took off in this working class, Roman Catholic district that has only elected pro-life Democrats since Roe v. Wade.
Michigan Right to Life pulled their endorsement of Stupak and gave it to Benishek while local Tea Party groups also rallied to Benisheks standard to defeat McDowell.
Stupak said he had been considering retirement for over six years. However, given the lack of forewarning, his retirement was widely believed to be the direct result of the explosively negative public reaction to his support of the Senate bill, which did not have the legislative fix he had succeeded in getting in the original House bill.
In April Stupak had dismissed the idea of the 1st District falling into GOP hands, saying he was not impressed by Benishek or any of the GOP candidates mounting a challenge.
See related coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:
Updated: Beleaguered Dem Rep. Bart Stupak Announces Retirement
Praise be to the Lord!
Congrats to Dan Benishek nevertheless! It's good to see the seat flip to the GOP.
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Michigan is a state which won big in this election. Many conservatives were voted in. Pro-lifers too!
Yea! Heard last night he won, but couldn’t remember who he ran against. Woo hoo!
Stupak was that fake pro-lifer, right? Who admits he donates to his local Planned Parenthood?
Praise the Lord!
I never dreamed I’d participate in an election like this in Michigan! Feels so good to have gotten these people into office! Good going Michigan!
Baloney. All Democrats are pro-aborts. Just look at the record of Baby Killer Bart Stupak.
I wonder if he ever got those 30 dimes I sent him?
We’ve got a slew of doctors in Congress now.
U.P. wide there is just one democrat legislator left. And that is the 109th state house seat. Gonna be a lonely man.
We swept the place clean and that folks, is how it is done.
I sure hope he’s going to be a persuasive voice on the whole healthcare reform debate.
(axing it, IWO)
I like your tagline. That’s one of the things we need to pray for.
Has Judas Stupak pocketed his Soros’ funded 30 pieces of silver yet?
I say that sarcastically, but I guarantee you he took the offer of a large, large payoff for his vote.
This is a wonderful victory for Dr. Dan. He won the primary by 15 votes.
the attack ads against him were brutal...but he pulled it off anyway...thank God
We got Tim Walberg back in the 7th District!
Bye bye, mark schauer.
‘beating out his pro-life Democrat challenger’
There are no pro-life Democrats. Just a bunch of liars.
Dr. Dan is THE MAN! Great addition to the conservative team.
Praise God. Banishek is a mensch.
To me he is the most pro life congressman in the country.
Thank you. He’s the only One who can!
It’s very exciting. I’m hoping for even more in 2012.
It will be interesting to compare and contrast the economic recovery in Michigan with New York, Illinois and California.
” It will be interesting to compare and contrast the economic recovery in Michigan with New York, Illinois and California. “
Good point! My money is on Michigan.
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