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HONOR, MICHIGAN Former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Chairman Derek Bailey, a newcomer to non-Indian politics was edged out by 273 votes in the Michigan Primary on Tuesday. Bailey ran against Allen O'Shea, 69, a business owner.
Former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Chairman Derek Bailey Works the Crowd
Bailey, 39, sought the Democratic Party's nomination in the Michigan 101st State House seat in upper Michigan. Even the polls closed at 8 pm, the results from the four counties were not fully tallied until after midnight. It was the most highly contested state house races in northern Michigan.
The final tally for the four-county House district was O'Shea 2674 53 percent to Bailey 2401 47 percent.
“I would like to congratulate Allen O'Shea; good luck in November”
Bailey commented after in conceding the race to O'Shea.
O'Shea will face incumbent State Representative Ray Franz in the November general election.
posted August 7, 2012 8:50 am edt