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Republican Ron Steele carrying lead over Michigan Congressman John Dingell in early results

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In a shocking turn of events, Republican cardiologist Rob Steele is holding a slight lead in southern Wayne County over Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Dingell in the race for the 15th congressional district seat.

Steele has 54 percent of the vote, compared to Dingell's 43 percent with 29 of 386 precincts reporting in District 15, according to a report filed shortly after 9:30 p.m. by the Associated Press.

As of about 9:38 p.m., Steele had 58.46 percent of the vote in Monroe County to Dingell's 38.40 percent, with 28 of 74 precincts reporting.

In largely liberal Washtenaw County,  Dingell holds the lead, with 63.2 percent of the votes counted so far to Steele's 33.9 percent. A total of 17 of 176 precincts have reported here.

In October, a poll showed Dingell with a 17-point lead over Steele among likely voters, with 53 percent backing the Dearborn Democrat, 36 percent backing Steele, an Ann Arbor-area cardiologist, and 6 percent planning to choose a third-party candidate.

Dingell, D-Dearborn, an 84-year-old veteran politician, has been in office since 1955. Steele has consistently hammered on Dingell's longevity in office, stressing he's not a career politician and would bring a new perspective to Congress.

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