GOP identifies Stabenow seat as a key battle in 2012
Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s seat in the U.S. Senate is looking like a key battle for control of Congress in the 2012 election. After defeating pols in similar situations in 2010, the GOP is targeting that seat in the next campaign:
Roll Call reports:
At this point in the 2010 election cycle, longtime Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) seemed like a lock for re-election, but today a Republican political novice holds his seat. In neighboring Michigan, Republicans are hoping for a similar victory over two-term Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) in 2012…
Bill Ballenger, editor of the nonpartisan newsletter Inside Michigan Politics, said Feingold’s fate should be a warning to Stabenow.
“If Russ Feingold proved to be vulnerable in Wisconsin” and ultimately lost when nobody would have thought such a thing were possible, “certainly Stabenow fits the same profile,” he said Tuesday.
The potential challengers are lining up, including former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, former Sec. of State Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan GOP chair Saul Anuzis and two businessmen, Tim Leuliette and Al Pease. Rep. Candice Miller is also a possibility.