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Michigan Democrat seeks foothold in rural US House district

(AP) — Proudly wielding the Winchester hunting rifle his grandfather passed along to him, Democrat Lon Johnson promises in TV ads to "stand up" to his own party and protect Second Amendment rights for small-town voters across northern Michigan. With the vast 1st District open due to third-term Republican Rep. Dan Benishek's retirement, Democrats have a shot at retaking what was in their hands for nearly two decades until the 2010 tea party wave.
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