Dingell, Rabhi win seats in Michigan

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.) speaks with supporters of then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton about campaigning for Clinton in the Michigan Union on February 13, 2016.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.) speaks with supporters of then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton about campaigning for Clinton in the Michigan Union on February 13, 2016. Buy this photo
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:01am

While Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won an unexpected victory in the general election Tuesday night, on the state and congressional level Democrats dominated in traditionally blue Ann Arbor.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.) won her bid for re-election in Washtenaw County with 65 percent of the vote. Dingell has represented Michigan’s 12th District since January 2015.

In a statement, Dingell said she plans to continue to work to aid middle-class families, focusing on issues such as the economy and college affordability.

“Two years ago, the people of Michigan’s 12th District put their trust in me to be their voice in Washington and fight for the issues that matter to Michigan and this country: creating good jobs and growing manufacturing, fighting unfair trade deals, making sure health care is affordable and accessible and that a college education is within reach for working families,” she said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to go to work every day for the people of the 12th District, and I promise you, I will never stop working on your behalf.”

Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) also won his campaign to represent Ann Arbor in the Michigan House of Representatives. Rabhi has represented Ann Arbor on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissions since 2011, and won with 80.23 percent of the votes.

“As the polls close, I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this campaign. I am so grateful to be part of such an engaged, compassionate community. Together, we can move Michigan forward,” Rabhi posted on his campaign’s Facebook page.

Rabhi will replace state Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), who was unable to run for re-election this cycle due to term limits.