With McCotter Gone, Chaos Rules 11th District Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The incumbent wanted to run again but abruptly resigned. The lone Republican on the ballot is a little-known former school teacher who raises reindeer. Top GOP officials are backing a write-in candidate. One of two people running as Democrats says President Barack Obama should be impeached.
And to think that just months ago, the race for Michigan's 11th Congressional District was shaping up to be uneventful.
The race started out as a likely re-election cakewalk for Republican U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia. But that changed in a hurry earlier this month when he abruptly stepped down after faulty -- and possibly fraudulent -- petition signatures barred him from the ballot.
One Republican consultant said McCotter seemed to "self-destruct," even though the district was drawn to help him win..

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