ESCANABA - Sharon Gray (D-Rapid River) was declared the victor over Judy Nerat (D-Wallace) in the Democratic primary race for Michigan's 108th District state representative seat.
Gray won by 2,911 votes to Nerat's 2,818 in a close race.
According to unofficial final election results, Gray won Delta County with 1,843 votes, while Nerat secured 1,215. However, Nerat carried Menominee and Dickinson counties with 833 and 770 votes to Gray's 329 and 739 votes, respectively.
"We are definitely humbled by this and by the support and encouragement that everyone has shown during this whole process," said Gray.
She looks forward to working just as hard into November and will be talking with constituents to find out what issues are important to them and work toward fighting for the middle class.
Nerat expressed her disappointment in the loss.
"It was a little bit surprising, but we ran a very good campaign," she said, adding she may consider requesting a recount upon hearing a number of ballots needed to be hand-counted in Dickinson County.
Gray is now set to face off against incumbent Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) in November.