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9:29 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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  • Democratic candidate for the 3rd District for the U.S. House Steve Pestka.

Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Republican Justin Amash has been declared the winner in the race for the 3rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

With 83% of the precincts reporting,  Amash leads Democrat Steve Pestka,  53% to 44%, around 25,000 votes.

Libertarian candidate, Bill Gelineau, has won three percent of the vote.

During his victory speech, Amash thanked his family, supporters and especially voters.

"Today was a day when the people of the 3rd district said we want to send somebody back who will be independent who will work with both sides who do doesn't care about the partisanship. Someone who is going to be principled and stick to their guns on things," he said. "And we are going to go back there and we are going to work together, republicans and democrats. We don't have to sell out our principles. We can come with our principles and work together to deal with our biggest issue which is the debt."

Pestka congratulated Amash from his home and says he fought a good and hard campaign and has no regrets.

"This is a district that hasn't elected a democrat for 38 years. We thought we would have been able to do it. If we got some breaks maybe we would have been able to but at the end of the day it just proved to be too difficult," said Pestka."

Pestka, a retired circuit court judge, who runs a family real estate business gave no hint on whether or not he will run again in the future.

To see updated results, click here.

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