LIVONIA, Mich. -

Five southeastern Michigan Republicans are competing for a chance to fill the final weeks of ex-U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's term in Congress.

A special primary election is being held Wednesday to pick a candidate to face Democrat David Curson of Belleville in the Nov. 6 general election. The winner of that race will serve only from mid-November until the end of the year.

A separate contest on the Nov. 6 ballot will decide who fills the seat for the next two years. Republican ex-teacher Kerry Bentivolio faces Democratic Canton Township Trustee Syed Taj in that race.

McCotter resigned July 6 during an investigation of irregularities in the nominating petitions that kept the Livonia Republican from seeking re-election. Three ex-McCotter aides face charges on accusations they schemed to submit false signatures.