Rep. Elissa Slotkin looks to retain her seat against Paul Junge in Michigan's 8th Congressional District

  • First-term Rep. Elissa Slotkin will face Paul Junge in Michigan's 8th congressional district. 
  • The district is home to Livingston and Ingham counties and a portion of Oakland County. The cities of Lansing and East Lansing are split between Michigan's 8th congressional district and the state's 4th.
  • Michigan's 8th congressional district is one of 30 in the United States which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat.
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First-term Rep. Elissa Slotkin looks to defend her seat against Republican Paul Junge in Michigan's 8th congressional district. 

The candidates

Slotkin, a former political analyst and intelligence briefer for the Central Intelligence Agency, was the Director for Iraq for the National Security Council from 2007-2009. In 2018, she defeated two-term incumbent Mike Bishop to join the House of Representatives. She is currently a member of the Armed Services and the Homeland Security committees in Congress.

Junge, Slotkin's challenger, is a former deputy district attorney and television anchor. He recently worked in the Trump administration's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency in the Department of Homeland Security. He is running on a platform focused on border protection, anti-abortion initiatives, and "destroying terrorists."

The district

Michigan's 8th congressional district is located in the southeastern region of the state, and includes the suburbs and exurbs between the Detriot area and Lansing. The district is home to Livingston and Ingham counties as well as parts of Oakland County. The district shares Lansing and East Lansing with the state's 4th congressional district.

The district is one of 30 in the country which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat in the House of Representatives. Trump carried the district by six points, 50% to 44%, in the 2016 election, according to the Daily Kos.

As Slotkin defeated Bishop by 3.8 points in 2018, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer carried the district by four points, 50% to 46%, over her Republican opponent and incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow almost exactly tied with GOP Senate candidate John James in the district.  

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Slotkin has a massive fundraising advantage over Junge. Slotkin has raised $6 million – over six times more than Junge with $775,000. Junge has $445,000 in hand compared to Slotkin's $5 million.

What experts say

The race between Slotkin and Junge is rated as "safe Democratic" by Inside Elections and "leans Democratic" by The Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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