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Hoekstra vs. Stabenow in Michigan?



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Earlier today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent along word that a new survey put the unfavorable rating of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, at 51 percent.

As much as that may spur GOP optimism, knocking off a Democratic incumbent in Michigan in a presidential year is a tall order, and the GOP was still looking for a top-tier challenger. Saul Anuzis decided against a bid last month.

The GOP still needed a top-tier candidate . . . until this afternoon. Michigan Information & Research Service breaks news that former congressman Pete Hoekstra will run for Senate. Hoekstra represented Western Michigan for 9 terms in a GOP-friendly district and ran for governor last year, winning 26.8 percent in a tough four-way fight in the GOP primary.

There seems to be a cascade effect going on in the Senate races for 2012. The GOP already has a near-guaranteed win in North Dakota, good chances in Nebraska, Montana, and Missouri, and competitive chances in Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Ohio and perhaps Hawaii and West Virginia. If Hoekstra can get up to speed, Michigan should be in that competitive pile. And at some point, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will have to triage and prioritize their must-win races.

Tags: Debbie Stabenow , Pete Hoekstra

Michigan Republicans Fail to Land a Stabenow Challenger



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Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land decided against challenging two-term incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012. According to the AP, former Kent County probate judge Randy Hekman is the only Republican so far to formally enter the race.

While Michigan is a traditionally Democratic state, Republican Rick Snyder easily won the state’s governor’s race last year, and Stabenow’s job approval has been as low as 37 percent.

A “Draft Saul Anuzis for Senate” group has cropped up in Michigan, hoping he will challenge Stabenow.

Tags: Debbie Stabenow , Saul Anuzis , Terri Lynn Land

Saul Anuzis, Thinking Seriously About a Senate Bid



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Here at CPAC I spoke to Saul Anuzis, former chair of the Michigan GOP and two-time candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, to see if he was indeed running for Senate, as he had hinted on his Twitter feed. Anuzis said he’s thinking seriously about it and has spoken with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but that he was some ways away from the decision. He noted that other Republicans had been named as potential candidates, and he thought they, too, could make strong candidates.

He noted that incumbent Debbie Stabenow, a two-term incumbent, was polling terribly, and said, “that means people are paying attention and they’re not impressed.”

He noted that traditionally, Michigan candidates have decided in time for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference meeting in September, and that this year by the time that meeting arrives, “we’ll have a good idea of who’s in and who’s out.”

Tags: Debbie Stabenow , Saul Anuzis

Draft Saul for Senate?



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 A “Draft Saul Anuzis for Senate” group has cropped up in Michigan, hoping he will challenge two-term incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

While Michigan is a traditionally Democratic state, Republican Rick Snyder easily won the state’s governor’s race last year and Stabenow’s job approval has been as low as 37 percent.

Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land says she is considering challenging Stabenow. Former representative and gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra had been mentioned as a possibility, but he started “a part-time job with Dickstein Shapiro LLP on Tuesday, where he’ll advise small and medium defense companies on national security issues.”

Tags: Debbie Stabenow , Saul Anuzis

Keep Your Eye on Michigan’s Senate Race Next Cycle



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This site, back on November 8:

This year’s Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary pitted several of the state’s top Republicans against each other . . . Well, gentlemen, one door closes, and another door opens. Public Policy Polling finds incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow at 38 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval.

PPP, today:

41% of Michigan voters approve of the job Stabenow’s doing while 40% disapprove. Her numbers are pretty much completely polarized along party lines. 71% of Democrats approve and only 10% disapprove of her. With Republicans those numbers are nearly reversed with 73% disapproving and only 11% approving of her. Putting her on slightly positive ground overall are independents, 43% of whom give her good marks to 36% who disapprove.

Tested against a bevy of hypothetical Republican opponents Stabenow leads every match up, but in some of the cases it’s very close. She’s up 45-44 on Congressman and Gubernatorial loser Pete Hoekstra, 43-41 against Congresswoman and former Secretary of State Candice Miller, and 45-41 against current Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. Stabenow benefits from a broader lead against former Governor John Engler, who she’s on top of 49-42, and businessman Tim Leuliette who has perhaps shown the most public interest in running so far and trails Stabenow 47-30.

Tags: Candice Miller , Debbie Stabenow , Pete Hoekstra

Looking Ahead at a Good Senate Race in 2012 . . .



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This year’s Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary pitted several of the state’s top Republicans against each other, with “tough nerd” businessman Rick Snyder winning the nomination and state attorney general Mike Cox, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, and Oakland County sheriff Mike Bouchard left on the outside looking in.

Well, gentlemen, one door closes, and another door opens. Public Policy Polling finds incumbent Democrat senator Debbie Stabenow at 38 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval.

Tags: Debbie Stabenow , Mike Brouchard , Mike Cox , Pete Hoekstra

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