Write-in pulls comeback in Detroit mayoral primary

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Associated Press

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 12:03 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Thought to be dead in Detroit politics, Mike Duggan has pulled an amazing resurrection after winning the primary election for mayor — as a write-in candidate.

Unofficial results show the former hospital executive got 46 percent Tuesday. Duggan now faces the No. 2 finisher, Sheriff Benny Napoleon, in November.

Duggan ran a write-in campaign after a judge bounced him from the ballot in June because he hadn't been registered long enough as a voter. It still took him a few more weeks to make that decision.

Duggan says he "never thought it would be possible" to win the primary when he started. But he says his view changed as he repeatedly found people enthusiastic about his candidacy.

Detroit is in bankruptcy and operating under an emergency manager.

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