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      Rep. Ananich claims 27th District State Senate seat

      Democratic state Rep. Jim Ananich is running for the 27th District Seante seat that was vacated by John Gleason.


      Democratic State Rep. Jim Ananich declared victory in the race for the 27th District Senate seat that was vacated by former Sen. John Gleason who was elected Genesee County clerk/register in November.

      Ananich secured 75 percent of the vote. He said he is ready to hit the ground running in the opposing chamber in Lansing.

      Gov. Rick Snyder will now have to schedule a special election to fill Ananich's vacated seat in the 49th House district.

      ***End update***

      The Michigan Senate is going to have a new member soon.

      Democratic state Rep. Jim Ananich of Flint is favored to win Tuesday's special election for a seat representing the Flint area. Republican Robert Daunt of Flint also is running for the Democratic-leaning district.

      The 38-member Senate is missing a member because Democrat John Gleason left halfway through his four-year term after being elected Genesee County clerk. Republicans hold a 26-11 majority in the Senate.

      The winner of the election could be sworn in later this week or next week.

      Ananich defeated Daunt in a state House election in 2012. Others running in the special Senate race are Libertarian Robert Nicholls and Green Party candidate Bobby Jones.