Bishop wins GOP primary in Michigan’s 8th District

A 2009 file photo of Mike Bishop.

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Bishop has won the Republican nomination for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District over a state lawmaker from Oakland County.

Bishop defeated Tom McMillin in the GOP primary Tuesday. The winner was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a popular Republican who didn’t run for re-election.

Bishop was a state lawmaker for 12 years, including Senate majority leader from 2007 through 2010. The 47-year-old believes the top issue for Congress is cutting the size of the federal government and repealing the new national health care law.

The primary victory revives Bishop’s political career, two years after he lost an election for Oakland County prosecutor.

The 8th District covers Ingham and Livingston counties and part of Oakland County.

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