May 9, 2021

LIVE RESULTS: Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten face off in Michigans 3rd District

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  • Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten are facing off in November in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which is currently held by retiring Rep. Justin Amash. 
  • Meijer is a US Army veteran who has worked overseas at NGOs and is now in urban planning, while Scholten is an immigration attorney. Both are first-time candidates. 
  • Polls began closing in the district at 8 p.m. local time.
  • See the live coverage and full results from all US House elections.
  • The district, which includes a stretch of Western Michigan ranging from the Grand Rapids area down to Battle Creek, has traditionally leaned Republican, but will likely be more competitive this year. 

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The candidates

Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten are facing off in November in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which is currently held by retiring Rep. Justin Amash. 

Amash was first elected as a libertarian-style Republican in 2011, but became disillusioned with the GOP under President Donald Trump and left the party to become an independent in July 2019. He then affiliated himself with the Libertarian Party in 2020.  

Meijer, whose family owns the Meijer supermarket chain, is a US Army veteran. He worked overseas at a non-governmental agency, and is now an urban developer. He defeated State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis for the GOP nomination on August 4. 

Scholten is an immigration attorney and advocate who formerly worked in the Department of Justice under the Obama administration. Both nominees are first-time candidates. 

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The district

The district, which includes a stretch of Western Michigan ranging from the Grand Rapids area down to Battle Creek, has traditionally leaned Republican. 

Trump carried the seat by 10 points in the 2016 election, and 2018 Republican Senate candidate John James carried it by four points in 2018.

The seat now being open without an incumbent presents a new opportunity for Democrats, particularly if Biden carries the state by large margins and is able to lift up down-ballot candidates on his coattails. 

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the two candidates are relatively evenly-matched in fundraising and spending. Meijer has raised $2.6 million, spent $1.9 million, and has $739,000 in cash on hand while Scholten has raised $2.5 million, spent $1.7 million, and has $761,712 in cash on hand. 

What experts say

In the general election, The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections rate the race as a tossup while Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics rates it as “leans Republican.” 

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