In this Aug. 7, 2012 photo Dr. Syed Taj, a Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Kerry Bentivolio for a seat in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, thanks supporters

 

              In this Aug. 7, 2012 photo Dr. Syed Taj, a Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Kerry Bentivolio for a seat in Michigan
In this Aug. 7, 2012 photo Dr. Syed Taj, a Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Kerry Bentivolio for a seat in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, thanks supporters at a primary election night party in Novi, Mich. The campaign for a U.S. House seat in suburban Detroit remains muddled three months after the incumbent’s path toward likely re-election ended with his resignation. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter shockingly quit in July after failing to submit enough valid petition signatures to run. The only Republican left on the ballot was Kerry Bentivolio, a war veteran, reindeer farmer and Santa Claus impersonator. Democrats nominated physician Taj, sensing a rare opportunity to capture a seat in a majority Republican district. As the race enters its final days, the focus has been more on the candidates’ personal qualities than the issues. Democrats contend Bentivolio is a right-wing extremist and mentally unfit to serve, while Republicans say Taj is a radical leftist with suspicious foreign ties. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Bryan Mitchell)