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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Senatorial Forum: Michigan

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Taking a moment to look at the Senate races heating up across the country, its easy to miss the one going on in Michigan. The Michigan senate race between United States Senator Debbie Stabenow and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra is now becoming a little one sided for the current two-term Senator who is seeking her third election.

Michigan Live reports that the Stabenow camp is ahead in fundraising, cash on hand, and overall visibility.

Overall, the Stabenow camp has approximately 2.85 million raised for this race, which is significantly more than Hoekstra’s 1.1 million.

MLive reports that,

“The campaign cash advantage will allow Stabenow to have a significant television ad presence. According to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the Stabenow campaign had $4.1 million in place with broadcasters and cable systems for the final four weeks of the campaign”

This is obviously apparent, in a real clear politics poll Stabeow was leading Hoekstra 51.8 percent to 38.8 percent respectively. If Hoekstra wants to win this seat, and help the Republicans inch closer towards gaining hegemony over the senate, he is going to need much more traction.

To make matters worse, it is also reported that there will be no debate for these two candidates. Meaning, that free press for the man lacking in visibility will be lost. Here’s what Stabenow’s camp released regarding the lack of debate confrontation,

“Back in August, Debbie agreed to participate in the two Senate debates that she and all Senate candidates have participated in since 1996,” Dan Farough, Stabenow’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, rather than agree to continue Michigan’s tradition, Pete Hoekstra has instead chosen to launch repeated political attacks and has refused to even start negotiations. With little more than three weeks left in the campaign, the time has come to move on.”

For now, it seems like Stabenow will be able to not have too much of a problem winning her seat yet again. However, we still have a sizable amount of time to go, so as always keep reading Destination 270 to stay up to date with the road to our nations capital.


Author: savvystephens

A history major trying to find out what the lessons of life are.

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