KEY ELECTIONS: Congressional races in Michigan - WNEM TV 5

KEY ELECTIONS: Congressional races in Michigan

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The U.S. House of Representatives stayed under Republican control. 

As for the spots that were up for grabs here in Mid-Michigan, here are some of the key races:

Among those returning to the Capitol are congressmen from our area.

Republican John Moolenaar won re-election to a second term in the House, defeating Democrat Debra Wirth and three other candidates.

The 55-year-old Midland resident will continue to represent the 4th district, which includes most of Michigan's central counties.

We have our priorities in Congress and you have to work with the chief executive to get something signed into law. So whoever’s the president, I pledge to work on behalf of the American people to do the best we can to find common ground on our priorities for the American people,” Moolenaar said.

Moolenarr ran on a conservative platform including opposition to abortion, strengthening border security and cutting federal spending.

Democrat Dan Kildee won Michigan's 5th District once again defeating Republican challenger Allen Hardwick and two others.

The 58-year-old Flint Township resident was first elected four years ago.

Kildee previously served as the president of the center for community progress, a national nonprofit organization, and was the longtime Genesee County treasurer.

“I’m going to continue the work that I’ve always been focused on. I feel like I’ve never really changed jobs. All the work I’ve done over the years and in congress I just fight for the things that I think are important to the people right here in Flint and the whole Mid-Michigan area,” Kildee said.

Michigan's 5th District includes much of Genesee, Saginaw, and Bay counties up into Arenac and Iosco counties.

Republican businessman Paul Mitchell won a seat representing Michigan's thumb.

Mitchell defeated Democrat Frank Accavitti, Jr. and two other candidates for the open 10th District after Congresswoman Candice Miller didn't seek re-election.

Mitchell wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and opposes any path to citizenship for people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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