Lost in the Primary
Businessman Brian Ellis challenged Tea Party Rep. Justin Amash in the Republican Primary. Ellis lost in the primary by approximately 10,000 votes.
Amash has not been a friend to the business community, especially for his part in the Tea Party led government shutdown and efforts to default on federal debt. He also opposed a balanced budget amendment and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ellis has a business and financial services background and the backing of the Grand Rapids business community.
This race represented the business community taking an important symbolic stand in favor of pro-business candidates - as they mounted a primary challenge to non-business oriented candidates.
Rep. Amash was successful in his re-election campaign.
J. Amash 57.4% 39,706
B. Ellis 42.6% 29,422