The biggest surprise of the August primary in Michigan was victory of Aaron Miller for the Republican nomination in the 59th state house district. The district, which is being vacated by moderate Matt Lori, contains all of St. Joseph County and most of Cass County.
Aaron Miller, John Bippus reflect on Miller's stunning win in Tuesday's 59th State House race
Aaron Miller is a 27-year-old high school math teacher with little political experience won a four-way race with 38%. The next-closest candidate was John Bippus with 28%.
Miller is an alumnus of the WMU College Republicans, which this blog was formerly associated with. Another alumnus, Tom Barrett, is running for state house in district 71.
In the August primary, most candidates who raised the most money won. Miller was a huge exception, as he raised only 11K, the least of the four candidates. Bippus had raised 169K.
Hard work isn't usually enough by itself to win, but this was the exception. Miller apparently connected with voters in a way that the other candidates didn't.
This blog endorsed Bippus in the primary, as we didn't think Miller had a chance. We are happy to be wrong. Miller is a strong Christian conservative who is honest and intelligent. He deserves support in the general election.