In this photo taken Oct. 8, 2012, Michigan Republican Congressional candidate Kerry Bentivolio, speaks before a Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Five months ago, there was little suspense about the race to represent this suburban Detroit community in Congress. Rep. Thad McCotter’s reputation for eccentricity and the failure of his quixotic presidential campaign hadn’t appeared to damage his standing back home, and his newly redrawn district was even more reliably Republican than before. He seemed a sure winner. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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In this photo taken Oct. 8, 2012, Michigan Republican Congressional candidate Kerry Bentivolio, speaks before a Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  Five months ago, there was little suspense about the race to represent this suburban Detroit community in Congress. Rep. Thad McCotter’s reputation for eccentricity and the failure of his quixotic presidential campaign hadn’t appeared to damage his standing back home, and his newly redrawn district was even more reliably Republican than before. He seemed a sure winner. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In this photo taken Oct. 8, 2012, Michigan Republican Congressional candidate Kerry Bentivolio, speaks before a Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Five months ago, there was little suspense about the race to represent this suburban Detroit community in Congress. Rep. Thad McCotter’s reputation for eccentricity and the failure of his quixotic presidential campaign hadn’t appeared to damage his standing back home, and his newly redrawn district was even more reliably Republican than before. He seemed a sure winner. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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