John Dingell Calls Re-Election to Record-Breaking 30th Term
Dingell called his win in a release sent out Tuesday night.
With results still coming in, U.S. Rep. John Dingell has called the race for his re-election to the House of Representatives.
He faces Republican Cynthia Kallgren, a businesswoman from Trenton, in the race for the newly drawn district, which includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
If officially re-elected, Dingell will enter his 30th term in Congress in January. That will make him the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history.
“I want to thank the fine people of Michigan's 12th Congressional District for once again allowing me to serve them in the U.S. House; it is my distinct honor and privilege to do so," Dingell said in a statement released Tuesday night. "I will continue to fight hard for their priorities and to make them proud of their federal representative in Congress."
As of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday night, Dingell had 68.5 percent of the vote in the 12th Congressional District with 68 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Huffington Post.
Kallgren trailed with 28.2 percent of the vote.
In Dearborn, with 57 of 58 precincts reported, Dingell held an even bigger lead: the incumbent representative had 26,202—or 70.47 percent—of the vote in his hometown.
Dingell also praised the state of Michigan for its reelection of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as well as its support of President Barack Obama.
“This district played an integral role in keeping Michigan blue," Dingell said. "I am proud of what we were able to accomplish for President Obama and for Sen. Stabenow, and how we contributed to Democratic victories up and down the ticket.
"The good people of this district have showed incredible support for me tonight and throughout the campaign, and I will continue to be a voice of support for them as I return to Washington, D.C."
Dingell said he looks forward to working with newly re-elected President Obama, as well as the rest of Congress.