Former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat have conceded bids to reclaim their previous seats after trailing primary opponents in the state legislature elections.
With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Mary Whiteford leads the Republican primary to replace Gamrat with 52 percent of the vote. Jim Storey is currently in second place with 24 percent.
In the race to replace Courser, with 89 percent of precincts reporting, Gary Howell leads the GOP primary with 27 percent. He is trailed by Christ Tuski with 22 percent, Jan Peabody with 20 percent, and Ian Kempf with 17 percent.
Earlier this year, Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled from the state House after details of their extramarital affair and their bizarre plot to cover it up surfaced.
The winners of the primaries will move onto a special election in March to replace the two in Lansing.
“I know there will be another day, the sun will come up tomorrow, it will be Wednesday,” Courser said. “I’ll probably go for a walk with my children and throw a stick for the dog and obviously put my shoes on and go back to work.”
Courser also tells us he isn’t ruling out a return to politics.
“I wouldn’t say never, you just can’t,” he said.
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