Amash resists challenge of Ellis, moves on to November ballot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In the third U.S. Congressional district, Republican incumbent Justin Amash held off a challenge from small business owner Brian Ellis, of Grand Rapids.

With 60 percent of precints reporting, the Associated Press projected victory for Amash, as Ellis conceded earlier in the evening.

In Amash's victory speech late Tuesday night, he thanked supporters, donors, and staff, as well as voters in the 3rd District who sent him to the November ballot.

The Republican also had harsh words for former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who endorsed Ellis.

"I want to say to Pete Hoekstra, you're a disgrace," Amash said. "And I'm glad we can hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance."

Amash also demanded an apology from Ellis for what he termed a "disgusting, dispicable smear campaign."

Amash wrapped up by promising that the people would take back Washington from the insiders, and that he would continue to fight for liberty, the Constitution, and the voters.

Newschannel 3's Jared Werksma joined us from Grand Rapids with more reaction from the Amash campaign.

To check out the speech for yourself in full, click here.