UPDATE: Morgan declares successful write-in effort

UPPER MICHIGAN (WLUC) - Democrat Matt Morgan says unofficial vote counts from Tuesday's primary show he will be on the ballot to face Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in November's general election.

According to Morgan's campaign, unofficial vote counts from 20 counties in the 32-county district indicate there were 20,000-plus write-in votes cast in the Democratic race for Congress. Morgan is the only candidate running as a write-in. Grand Traverse County alone had well over 7,000 write-in votes cast for a Democrat in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. In 2014, zero write-in votes were cast in Grand Traverse County in that race.

In a formula set by the State of Michigan, Morgan must receive at least five percent of the total ballots cast in the race with the most votes in the Democratic primary in Michigan’s 1st. For example, if this year’s gubernatorial race had 100,000 votes cast (which would be up 30-plus percent from historic midterm primary averages), the threshold for Morgan to make the general election ballot would be 5,000.

Each county’s Board of Canvassers will meet Wednesday to review ballots before sending to the Michigan Board of Canvassers. Once certified, Morgan says he will officially be the Democratic nominee for November’s general election.

“Today’s preliminary numbers speak to to the dedication and hard work of our volunteers and supporters,” Morgan said late Tuesday evening. “This campaign’s supporters did more than knock doors, make phone calls, and show up to vote. They led a movement that connected with voters who know that leadership is about more than politics. It’s about finding representatives who understand what service means.”

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