US Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids Township, enters his polling place on Aug. 2, 2022 hand-in-hand with his wife, Gabriella Meijer.  His father-in-law Tet Pereira and brother-in-law Felipe Nascimento follow.

Gibbs declares victory, Meijer concedes in Michigan GOP race for Congress

Grand Rapids — John Gibbs, the Trump-endorsed challenger to US Rep. Peter Meijer, is declaring victory in the nationally watched results of west Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District race.

A political appointee in former President Donald Trump’s Housing and Urban Development agency, Gibbs has pitched himself as an ultra-conservative replacement for incumbent Meijer of Grand Rapids Township, who was one of 10 House Republicans to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 US Capitol riot.

Gibbs declared victory early Wednesday morning at a watch party at his campaign headquarters in Wyoming, a suburb of Grand Rapids.

Meijer called Gibbs around 1:30 am Wednesday and conceded the race.

The Associated Press has still not called the race; Gibbs had about 53% of the vote to Meijer’s 47% with about 65% of precincts reporting.