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Gamrat, Courser defeated in special election

Two former lawmakers who were forced from Michigan's Legislature for an extramarital affair and a strange cover-up scheme have lost bids to win back their seats.

Mary Whiteford declared victory in Tuesday's special Republican primary election.

She had roughly 52 percent of the vote with 90 percent of precincts reporting, far more than second-place finisher Jim Storey.

Cindy Gamrat, who in September became just the fourth lawmaker in state history to be expelled, had just 9 percent of the vote.

Former legislator Todd Courser, who resigned rather than be expelled, finished sixth in a primary won by farmer Gary Howell.

Courser sent a phony email that said he was caught having sex with a male prostitute.

He said the tale would make his affair with Gamrat less plausible in case it were revealed by an anonymous extortionist.

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