Amash Retains 3rd District Seat in U.S. House

Gerald FordJustin Amash

It didn't come until well after midnight, but Rep. Justin Amash finally got the news he was waiting to hear: he had defeated challenger Steve Pestka and won the race for the congressional seat in Michigan's 3rd District.

It was a race that brought in a lot of money from both sides, and had many wondering if a Democrat could pull the upset and fill the job once held by Gerald Ford. Though the numbers fluctuated throughout the evening, that didn't happen and the 32-year-old incumbent got the victory.

Amash, who has strong Tea Party support talked about compromise and doing the right thing regardless of the party line, saying  "today was a day when the people of the 3rd district voted to send someone who was independent" to Washington.

Words and sentiment that may surprise those who had labeled Amash "Mr. No."

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