U.S. Rep. Tlaib wins Democratic primary in Michigan's 12th District for Congress

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary early Wednesday, essentially ensuring a third term in Congress in Michigan's newly redrawn 12th district.

Tlaib of Detroit had 64.4% to Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey's 20% with 35% of the votes counted. Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett trailed with 10% and former state Rep.

Shanelle Jackson with 5%. She will face Republican Steven Elliott, who won a three-candidate primary in the 12th District, which is considered a Democratic stronghold.

The 12th district includes Dearborn, Detroit's west side, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, Redford Charter Township, Southfield and Westland.

Oakland County communities of Southfield, Lathrup Village and Beverly Hills are also were drawn into the district by an independent citizens redistricting commission.

Tlaib was resting when the results came in after midnight Tuesday, spokesman Denzel McCampbell told The Detroit News.

The campaign was feeling good about the results throughout the night, he said.

"This is a campaign about reaching voters directly, knocking on 27,000 doors, meeting people where they are, on their doorsteps and about providing service-oriented politics.

That's what we did, and these results show that," McCampbell said.

Tlaib is a Palestinian American who has opposed U.S. weapons sales to Israel.

The PAC has said it's made up of a coalition of Black and Jewish business and civic leaders and that its goal is to help elect Black candidates to office who champion "common-sense solutions that uplift Black people.

Two negative ads targeting Tlaib aired this weekend, including one targeting her support for defunding the police.

The congresswoman has responded by calling in the so-called "Squad" — her progressive female allies in Congress came to Detroit last week to rally to her defense.