Congressman Fred Upton is declaring victory in the Republican primary for the U.S. House in Michigan’s Sixth District. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Upton had a lead over challenger Elena Oelke. Upton’s campaign has issued the following statement:

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District primary:

“I remain absolutely committed to working with anyone of any party to solve problems and put southwest Michigan first.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard folks’ frustrations, fear, and pain. People are lying awake at night worried about making ends meet and sending their children to school safely. We’ll keep working hand in hand with our heroic health care workers to get them critical medical supplies. We’ll continue helping small businesses, workers, and our schools.

But to restore our way of life and rebuild a healthy future for our families, much work remains. You can bet I’ll be part of any bipartisan solutions.

Lots of folks talk about being a problem solver, especially at election time. But I don’t just talk the talk; I walk the walk. We have a bipartisan track record working on 21st Century Cures, universal broadband for our families, and, most importantly, jobs and economic security.

The race this November will offer a contrast between two visions, and our message will highlight the need to put people over politics. Cooperation and compromise work better than disdain and division.

We’re excited to connect with voters, listen to their concerns, and discuss bipartisan solutions to advance southwest Michigan’s recovery. We’re all in this together.”