Mike Kowall gets Kurt Heise's endorsement for U.S. House seat

Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise has abruptly ended his campaign for the U.S. House 11th District seat and thrown his support to fellow Republican Mike Kowall, the Michigan Senate floor leader.

Heise, a former state legislator, said he chose to bow out because he believes Kowall has the best chance among GOP candidates to win the seat of U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, who chose not to seek re-election.

Heise said his own chances to win the seat dimmed after Kowall entered the race.

"I've been in the political world long enough to know how the cards are going to be dealt and I just didn't see a clear path to victory, given his entry into the race," Heise said Tuesday. "I think, ultimately, he has the best chance of winning in November. I think he's going to be hard to beat.

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Mike Foster