DETROIT (AP) – Republicans were poised to win a majority of Michigan’s U.S. House seats yesterday for the first time in 30 years.

Republican state Sen. Thaddeus McCotter declared victory over Democratic Redford Township Supervisor Kevin Kelley in the new 11th District. In the state’s other open seat, Republican Secretary of State Candice Miller led Democratic Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga.

And in a third race that attracted large campaign donations and attention from party leaders in Washington, Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg declared victory over Democratic attorney David Fink.

Republican-backed state Supreme Court incumbents appeared headed back to the bench yesterday in the race for two positions on Michigan’s Supreme Court.

Justices Robert Young Jr. and Elizabeth Weaver each tallied 31 percent of the vote with 34 percent of precincts reporting. Young had 433,643 votes and Weaver had 430,177.

Maggie Drake had 209,885 votes or 15 percent, while fellow Democratic nominee J. Martin Brennan Jr. had 11 percent in early returns.

Victories by Young and Weaver would maintain the GOP’s 5-2 majority on the state’s top court.

The victors earn eight-year terms.

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