(CNN) – Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s closest competitor in Michigan’s GOP Senate primary conceded Tuesday evening, and called on his supporters to unite behind Hoekstra, a former nine-term congressman.
Hoekstra was up against attorney Clark Durant in the GOP race. On Tuesday, Durant told his followers they must “unite behind candidates who will focus on the solutions to our record debt and spending crisis which effects every man, woman and child in Michigan.”
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“This November, that candidate will be Pete Hoekstra and we should unite behind him,” Durant continued.
Hoekstra will go on to challenge two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the general election in November.
While Hoekstra win Tuesday was expected, Durant received a few last-minute boosts from high-profile conservatives.
Last week, the Tea Party Express threw its support behind the Senate hopeful, followed by 2008 presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite, and former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes also threw their weight behind Durant.
Hoekstra, a former nine-term congressman, had a fund-raising advantage over Durant, bringing in $3.5 million this cycle compared to his competitor at $2.2 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
And while Durant claimed tea party support, Hoekstra also had the backing of several top leaders in the movement, including Rep. Steve King of Iowa, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg both rate Michigan's Senate election in November as "likely" Democratic and "favoring" to Democrats.
Polls closed in Michigan at 8 p.m. ET.
- CNN Political Report Shannon Travis contributed to this report.