Debbie Stabenow
Debbie Stabenow

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be returning to the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican challenger John James. ABC called the race for Stabenow around 11 p.m.

Stabenow, 68, of Lansing had 52.2 percent to 45.7 percent for James, 37, with about half of precincts reporting.

James, a Farmington Hills businessman and Iraq helicopter pilot veteran, ran in energetic campaign.  In his concession speech, James indicated he might stay involved in politics. “This is why we’re not done because too many families out there don’t have the ability to live the life we do,” he said, adding that a “passion for service doesn’t end with a poll or end with a vote.”

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