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Land decides against challenging US Sen. Stabenow


Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has decided against running for the U.S. Senate next year.

Land said Thursday in a statement on her Facebook page that she has decided against joining the Republican field to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Stabenow is running for her third six-year term. She reported last month that she has $3 million on hand so far for her 2012 campaign.

Former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman is the only Republican so far to formally get in the race. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra announced three weeks ago that he had decided against running. Several other Republicans are considering runs.

Stabenow is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. She first was elected in 2000 and easily won re-election in 2006.

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