Todd Courser, Cindy Gamrat up for election in special primary on Tuesday

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By: The Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on two Michigan lawmakers who were embroiled in an extramarital affair and cover-up and are running in special primary election (all times local):

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Two former lawmakers who were booted from Michigan’s Capitol for an extramarital affair and a strange cover-up scheme are running in crowded primary fields to win back their seats.

Tea party leaders Todd Courser, who resigned in September while facing expulsion, and expelled Rep. Cindy Gamrat are running in Tuesday’s special Republican primaries.

Their bids are not impossible because so many Republicans are running — including 11 in Courser’s district and eight in Gamrat’s.

Courser sent a phony email that said he was caught having sex with a male prostitute. He said the tale would make his affair with Gamrat less plausible in case it was revealed by an anonymous extortionist.

Special general elections in the conservative districts will be held in March.

Three Democrats are running for Courser’s seat. One Democrat is seeking Gamrat’s job.