Emily Dievendorf surprise winner over Horford in state House race

Longtime LGBTQ leader squeaks through by 25 votes

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In an upset victory, LGBTQ leader Emily Dievendorf beat former basketball star Jon Horford by 25 votes in the race for the Democratic nomination for the state House of Representatives in the 77th District, according to unofficial election results.

Dievendorf appears to have token Republican opposition, so she seems headed to victory on Nov. 8.

With all votes counted, Dievendorf, of Lansing, received 4,547 votes to 4,522 for Horford, who recently moved to Lansing from Grand Ledge.

Neither candidate has returned messages yet today.

The new district comprises downtown Lansing north to the Clinton County line, a large chunk of Clinton County and a small portion of Eaton County, including Grand Ledge. 

Dievendof won in Ingham County by 249 votes, 2,924 to 2,675; she beat Horford in Clinton County by 339 votes, 1,401 to 1152. Horford, who played on the Grand Ledge basketball team, won in Eaton County by 473 votes, 695 to 222 for Dievendorf. Horford played for the Michigan Wolverines as well.

Logan Bryne of Dewitt finished third with 1295 votes.

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