Dingell wins again8/11/2002 08:00:00 PM Eastern
Rep. John Dingell, ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, won his hotly contested suburban Detroit primary Tuesday, all but assuring his return to Congress next term. His victory also is a win for most media companies, which feared a Dingell loss that would have placed Rep. Henry Waxman in line to lead the committee's Democrats, perhaps as chairman if the party took the House in November. Dingell claimed 59% of the vote in his race against Rep. Lynn Rivers (redistricting set up the face-off). The 75-year-old Dingell is the longest-serving member of the House. For Michigan voters, Rivers's strong support from abortion-rights advocates and Dingell's support from the gun lobby were hot-button issues.