Rep. Haley Stevens ends Levin political dynasty in brutal Democratic primary
Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich. is trying to take down Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., in Tuesday's election in Michigan.
WASHINGTON — The Levin political dynasty came to an end Tuesday night in a brutal House primary in the Detroit suburbs, as NBC News projects that progressive Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., lost to more moderate Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich.
Levin is the son of former Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., and a nephew of the late Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. At least one member of the family has served in Congress since 1979 — a run that will come to an end in January.
The rare incumbent-vs.-incumbent primary matchup was the result of a redistricting plan that merged portions of their current districts, with more voters coming from Stevens's current territory.
In an unusual twist, Levin, who is Jewish, was forced to defend his record on Israel-related policies against attacks from supporters of Stevens, who has been more hawkish on the issue despite not being Jewish. A super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee spent $4.2 million on ads boosting Stevens and hitting Levin, while J Street, a progressive pro-Israel group, paid about $700,000 for ads backing Levin.
Stevens projected winner over Levin in Michigan 11th congressional districtAug. 3, 202200:35But the split over Israel was just one prominent thread in a story packed with subplots.