*Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of jailed former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, lost her bid for an eighth term with a Democratic primary defeat on Tuesday.
The 65-year-old Detroit congresswoman conceded the race to State Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit, who had 47 percent of the vote to Kilpatrick’s 41 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting.
“We did not win the election,” Kilpatrick told supporters at a Detroit hotel early Wednesday. “I will continue to serve and represent, and I wish Mr. Clarke the best.”
Kilpatrick narrowly overcame her son’s legal drama with a close 2008 primary win in the heavily Democratic 13th District. But former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s escalating troubles substantially weakened her standing among voters in the district that includes Detroit and several eastern and southern suburbs.
She is the sixth incumbent lawmaker, and the fourth from the House, to lose this year. Three other House incumbents from Michigan who faced opposition won their primaries Tuesday.
Kwame Kilpatrick resigned as Detroit mayor in 2008 after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice, and is now in prison for probation violations and facing federal fraud and tax charges.