Michigan Democrat seeks foothold in rural US House district

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — A pro-gun Democratic candidate for Michigan’s northern-most congressional district is hoping to win what’s generally been out of reach for Democrats: a rural U.S. House seat.

Lon Johnson is promising to “stand up” to his own party and protect Second Amendment rights for small-town residents.

His pitch is calibrated for one of the country’s most rural congressional districts. It’s the type of seat that Democrats rarely hold now due to redistricting and the countryside’s shift toward the GOP.

With the vast 1st District open due the Republican incumbent’s retirement, Democrats have a shot at retaking what was in their hands for nearly two decades until 2010.

Johnson, a former state Democratic Party chairman, faces retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman in the November election.

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