ESCANABA - State Senator Mike Lahti and House Representative Judy Nerat conceded to their losses following Tuesday's election. The incumbent Democrats each lost their bids for re-election.
Republican Tom Casperson beat Lahti in a 49,868 to 39,321 victory. Republican Ed McBroom received 17,734 votes compared to Nerat's 11,872.
"The people have spoken," said Lahti in a telephone interview after the numbers were tallied. "I called and congratulated Tom," he added. The candidate watched election results at his Marquette headquarters Tuesday.
Lahti expressed gratitude to those who supported him during his campaign. He also said he has enjoyed serving his constituents in the 38th District.
"It was a lot of hard work," he said, saying it was good to help people including businesses and institutions. He will now spend more time with his business and family.
Nerat said she will probably retire and also spend more time with her family once her term is complete.
"I truly am honored to serve the people of the 108th District," she said in a telephone interview late Tuesday. "I enjoyed representing them.
McBroom defeated Nerat in all three of the district's counties. McBroom received 7,431 votes in Delta County to Nerat's 5,571. In Menominee County, McBroom posted 3,962 votes to Nerat's 3,263. Dickinson County tallies were McBroom, Nerat 3,038.