04/25/2012 09:56 am ET

So Far, Peters Ahead Of Rivals In Diverse New Congressional District

By Kathleen Gray

What had the makings of an epic battle between two sitting congressmen is evolving into a one-sided race for the newly drawn 14th District congressional seat, which encompasses a large swath of Wayne and Oakland counties.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township, is beating all Democratic comers with ease in fund-raising and endorsements, including his congressional colleague, U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke of Detroit. Other contenders for the seat include former state Rep. Mary Waters of Detroit and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence.

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