DETROIT, Aug. 7 -- Embattled U.S. Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins, who once held a campaign fund-raiser at a male strip club, lost her Democratic Party primary race to state lawmaker Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. In other race in Michigan, former talk-show host Ronna Romney defeated businessman Jim Nicholson in Tuesday's Republican primary for U.S. Senate. She will face veteran Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, in the November election. Collins is being investigated by the House ethics committee and the Justice Department for alleged mismanagement of campaign and office funds. She has denied the charges. Kilpatrick received 51 percent of the roughly 55,000 ballots cast in the Detroit district, election results showed Wednesday. Collins received 31 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate -- Douglass Diggs -- finished a distant third with 6 percent of the vote. Collins, who has served three terms in the House, has been embroiled in controversy. She once told a reporter she 'hated' the white race, a comment she later recounted. She defended holding a campaign event in a strip club, saying it was 'a legitimate business.' And she once fired a congressional aide, allegedly because he had the AIDS virus. Kilpatrick will face Republican candidate Stephen Hume in Detroit's heavily Democratic 15th congressional district. In the Senate race, Romney beat Nicholson by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. The Romney-Nicholson contest was marked by harsh negative advertising, including jabs at her status as the former daughter-in-law of late Gov. George Romney.
Nicholson accused her of using the governor's reputation for political gain. Levin was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The Republican Senate contest was the only statewide race in Tuesday's primary. Turnout was light. Hot weather was blamed for keeping many voters home. Romney trounced Nicholson in western Michigan and squeaked by in the Detroit suburbs. Results were mixed in other parts of the state, but endorsements from pro-gun and anti-abortion groups apparently helped her. 'Right-to-Life and the NRA were too much, with a low voter turnout, for her to lose,' said Genesee County Clerk Michael Carr, where Romney won 53 percent of the vote. In other Michigan races Tuesday: --Rep. Nick Smith, a Republican, defeated Doug Myers in the 7th Congressional District. --Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson, a Republican, lost his bid for a third term to David Gorcyca. Thompson twice failed to convict euthanasia advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and Gorcyca blamed Thompson for hounding Kevorkian until Oakland became 'the suicide Mecca of the world.'