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07-30-2014, 09:33 AM
Amash-Ellis race in homestretch, most outside money on the sidelines

By Todd ********
July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — If a lack of significant outside money coming into the race is any indication, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of west Michigan may be coasting to the win he expects in next week’s primary.

Key endorsements have been piling up for Amash’s challenger, Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis, from powerful pro-Republican forces alienated by the two-term incumbent’s voting record.

But outside of a $190,000 TV buy last week by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the groups endorsing Ellis — including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Right to Life of Michigan — have been holding onto their money, suggesting Amash may have what appears to be an unbeatable lead.

Ellis told the Free Press Tuesday that he remains optimistic about his chances, saying he’s confident of a victory and that “the only poll that counts is Tuesday night’s results.”

“My original game plan never contemplated outside money,” he said. “The district is perfectly capable of making up its own mind and doesn’t need outsiders telling it what to do.”

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