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Endorsement: Our primary pick for Michigan's 2nd Congressional District

Here is our recommendation for the partisan primary in the 2nd congressional district, which covers mid-Michigan.

Republican incumbent John Moolenaar of Midland faces a primary challenge from Thomas J. Norton of Courtland Township, a veteran, small businessman and former village president of Sand Lake. Moolenaar is a traditional conservative serving his fourth term in Congress.

He was influential in securing federal funding from the Trump administration to expand the critical Soo Locks. Moolenaar was a chemist with Dow Chemical before entering politics, and served in both the state House and Senate before winning the congressional seat in 2014.

He has been a steady congressman who has represented his district competently. John Moolenaar should be renominated. Jerry Hilliard, a businessman from Mount Pleasant, is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Michigan is a key battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. House this election cycle. The state's current 14-member delegation is divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

The state lost a seat to redistricting, and will send 13 members, chosen from newly drawn districts, to the House in January.

Many voters will be casting their ballots in unfamiliar districts when they go to the polls on Aug. 2, and for candidates they know little about.