Democratic divisions on Israel loom large in Michigan House primary

Democratic divisions on Israel loom large in Michigan House primary


The primary next week for a newly drawn Democratic House seat in a deep-blue Detroit suburb would seem to be about jobs, abortion rights, beating back rising prices, and fighting Republicans. Yet Democratic divisions over Israel are subtly playing an outsize role.

Democratic Reps. Andy Levin and Haley Stevens are spending heavily to distinguish themselves from one another in the fight to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, where the victor is expected to prevail in November. The candidates hold nearly identical voting records in Congress and are two-term incumbents.

But a flood of super PAC money is shifting the contours of the race as a proxy battle plays out over the candidates’ positions on Israel and other progressive issues.

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