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Farmington Hills businessman and military veteran John James on Tuesday won the Republican U.S. Senate primary, as President Trump loomed large in the contest to face U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the fall.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, James was ahead with 55 percent of the vote to Grosse Pointe financier Sandy Pensler's 45 percent. Pensler called James to concede after 10 p.m.

Latest election results from Metro Detroit and Michigan

James, 37, faces an uphill battle against Stabenow, the popular 66-year-old incumbent who is seeking a fourth six-year term. She holds a major cash advantage with $6.27 million in the bank as of July 18 after spending $3.2 million to reserve television air time for the last four weeks before Election Day.

James becomes the first black Republican to advance to a high-profile general election contest since William Lucas ran for governor in 1986. If James were to beat Stabenow, he'd be the second black Republican to serve in the Senate, joining Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.


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Speaking to supporters at his business headquarters in Southwest Detroit, James said if the pundits count him out against Stabenow, they are in for a surprise.

"They said that Hillary Clinton could beat Bernie Sanders in Michigan. They were wrong," James said to cheers. "They said John Kasich would beat Donald Trump in Michigan. They were wrong. They said Hillary Clinton would destroy Donald Trump and some even put it in the headlines but ... they were wrong.

"And they're wrong about Debbie Stabenow. There are no unsinkable ships. There are no unwinnable wars. There are no unbeatable senators."

James reported nearly $869,000 cash on hand as of July 18. But the man the president called a "star" and "spectacular" is expected to have the strength of Trump and his White House behind him. James received a thunderbolt of a boost to his campaign last week via Twitter when Trump endorsed him.

On Tuesday night, the president congratulated James on his victory via Twitter.

"Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James," he tweeted just before midnight. "A big and bold victory tonight in the Great State of Michigan - the first of many. November canít come fast enough!

The retired Armed Forces Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James. A big and bold victory tonight in the Great State of Michigan - the first of many. November canít come fast enough!helicopter pilot, espoused Christian, anti-abortion and gun rights views. He was also the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Right to Life of Michigan, among others.

James also made numerous appearances on the Fox News channel and got the endorsement of musician Kid Rock. The Trump effect in the primary was palpable: The James campaign tweeted out a segment on Fox News with a female voter in Romeo who said she voted for James in part because Trump asked.
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