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Gary McDowell (D)

Dan Benishek (R)

Michigan 1st House District

LCV Program: $900,000

Rep. Dan Benishek, who had an LCV lifetime score of just 3 percent, had called climate change a “scheme.” LCV partnered with Michigan LCV on three significant TV ad campaigns, all of which exposed Benishek's extreme voting record on water issues, particularly the Great Lakes. Additionally, LCV put up billboards in his district that highlighted his head in the sand approach to climate change. Unfortunately, the makeup of the district proved to be too much of a challenge, and Benishek defeated LCV-endorsed challenger Gary McDowell by roughly 2,000 votes.