(WXYZ) - Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio was defeated Tuesday by lawyer and businessman David Trott in suburban Detroit's 11th Congressional District primary.
The 53-year-old Trott, who contributed nearly $2.5 million of his own money to his campaign, will face the winner of a four-way Democratic primary in the fall to represent the district covering a swath of Detroit's western and northern suburbs.
Bentivolio, 62, was the third U.S. House incumbent to lose this year after Texas Rep. Ralph Hall and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia.
His defeat was not a surprise as Bentivolio was considered by some to be an "accidental" congressman. He was elected in 2012 because the Republican incumbent, former Rep. Thad McCotter, inexplicably turned in fraudulent voter signatures when seeking a spot on the ballot.
Bentivolio is a former teacher, auto designer and reindeer farmer who served in the Army and later the National Guard.
"While I served my country in two wars, he was serving foreclosure notices," Bentivolio said of Trott, whose company specializes in foreclosing on homes on behalf of banks and other lenders.
Trott said the "size and scope of the federal government" is the single biggest problem facing residents of Michigan and called for reducing wasteful government spending and cutting the debt and the deficit. He received backing from various chambers of commerce and other groups.
He said President Barack Obama's health care law has been "an absolute disaster," costing millions of Americans their health insurance coverage while driving up insurance rates for millions more.