GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Peter Meijer has won the 3rd congressional district race, maintaining a Republican seat that has traditionally voted red for almost half a century.
The Iraq war veteran and grandson of the founder of the supermarkets bearing his last name beat back a challenge from Democrat Hillary Scholten.
Meijer declared victory in a tweet Wednesday night and Scholten conceded.
Peter Meijer officially announces victory in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District: https://t.co/TIFmr7zI8a— Aaron FOX 17 (@AaronParseghian) November 5, 2020
This isn’t the end of our fight for low cost, accessible health care, clean water, and an economy that works for everyone. I am honored by your incredible support and enthusiasm. pic.twitter.com/RXf8LwKDr4— Hillary Scholten (@HillaryScholten) November 5, 2020
While campaigning, Meijer promised to work across the aisle to accomplish his legislative goals, including environmental issues, police training and economic support.
His endorsements included House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Polls had shown a close race throughout, with different polls showing both ahead.
And the nonpartisan Cook Political Report switched from describing the race as “leaning Republican” to a “toss-up.”
Those factors created a race that garnered attention across the country.
Boundaries for the district include Cedar Springs to the north, Ionia and Calhoun counties to the east and Barry County in the center, and centers around the city of Grand Rapids.