Rep. Haley Stevens, a first-term lawmaker, defeated Rep. Andy Levin in a Michigan Democratic House primary Tuesday night that pitted two incumbents against each other.
Ms. Stevens, 39, declared victory, opening a double-digit lead in the primary.
Ms Stevens had 60% of the vote after the polls closed on Tuesday night, while Mr Levin, 61, had 40%, with around 57% of polling stations reporting.
Mr. Levin made the confession over the phone at about 10:30 p.m. EDT, according to his company.
“My friends, it is no mystery why we beat the odds. We stayed in Congress because we listened. I was listening,” Ms Stevens said as she announced victory in Birmingham shortly after 9pm.
While both were forced into the newly redrawn 11th Congressional District, Ms. Stevens won 45% of her original district in the new district, while Mr. Levin was left with only 25% of his old district in the newly created seat. .
Mr. Levin, who comes from a powerful Michigan political family and began his congressional career in 2018, was outspent by the more moderate Ms. Stevens two to one.
Ms. Stevens received $3.2 million from the United Democracy Project, an AIPAC-aligned Super PAC, while Mr. Levin upset pro-Israel organizations for sponsoring the progressive “Two-State Solution Act,” which calls for the creation of an independent Palestine, according to official U.S. policy. .
However, J-Street PAC, a more liberal pro-Israel organization that favors a two-state solution, has endorsed Mr. Levin.
• This article was based in part on reports from the Telegraph Service.