GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Third Congressional District Rep. Justin Amash says he's owed an apology from his Republican challenger, Brian Ellis, for the attacks he faced in their primary race.
With 97% of precincts reporting, Amash led with 57% to Ellis' 43%.
Rep. Amash spoke to his supporters around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. He thanked his staff, supporters, and family gathered at GP Sports.
Amash said his was a "big, big win" that would "send shockwaves across D.C. and this country."
Amash said he was owed an apology from Ellis for the "disgusting smear campaign," he said Ellis ran.
"You had the audacity to try to call me today after running a campaign that was called 'the nastiest in the country.' "I ran for office to stop people like you," Amash said of Ellis.
Amash also had harsh words for former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, calling him a "disgrace" for his support of Ellis. "I'm glad we can hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance."
At about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Ellis spoke to his supporters at Grand Rapids Brewing Company in downtown Grand Rapids, saying he was giving up his effort to unseat the incumbent. He told the assembled crowd he had called Amash to concede and got his voicemail. Ellis said he was "disappointed, but not devastated" by the loss.
Amash, 34, is the second youngest member of Congress and chairs the Liberty Caucus, a group of libertarian-minded lawmakers. Amash said he would continue fighting for liberty, freedom, and taking government back from "political insiders who have contempt for the American people."
Rep. Amash's Democrat challenger in November's general election is Bob Goodrich. Goodrich is the president of Goodrich Quality Theaters.