Hoekstra is GOP front runner to challenge Sen. Stabenow
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has a massive lead over his competitors in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow next year, according to a new poll.
Hoekstra, a Holland resident who served 18 years in the U.S. House before his unsuccessful run for governor last year, was chosen by 51 percent of likely GOP primary voters, according to the Sept. 14-19 poll of 600 likely voters.
“Pete Hoekstra has more votes that each of his six potential competitors combined,” said MRG President Tom Shields.
Detroit charter school founder Clark Durant was Hoekstra’s closest competitor with 3 percent. Former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman was chosen by 2 percent along with Midland resident Gary Glenn and Detroiter Scotty Boman. Thirty-nine percent of the likely GOP voters were undecided.
This is not surprising. Hoekstra’s name recognition, after being elected to many terms as a congressman and running for governor last year, is far higher than any of the other candidates.