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Endorsement: Our primary pick for Michigan's 9th Congressional District


Here is our recommendation for the partisan primary in Michigan's 9th District, which includes Macomb, parts of Oakland County and the Thumb region.

First-term incumbent Lisa McClain represents one of the most pro-Trump districts in the nation. Her unabashed support of the former president's stolen election claims are reflective of her constituents. If she's reelected, she must find another issue on which to focus her energy.

McClain faces a challenge in the Republican primary from Michelle Donovan, an attorney from New Baltimore. Donovan is a specialist in marijuana and agriculture regulation.

McClain, despite her preoccupation with Trump, is an energetic congresswoman who still shows the potential of being an effective leader. Lisa McClain should be renominated.

Democrat Brian Jaye is running unopposed.

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.