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Hoekstra in the race for U.S. Senate

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network


Former west Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra filed the paperwork Wednesday to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. He joins a handful of Republican candidates who want to unseat Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow next year. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

Hoekstra says he announced in April that he would not run for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination because he had just come out of a "grueling" campaign to be Michigan's governor. But now he is definitely back in the race, and he says recent unfavorable poll numbers for Senator Stabenow did not drive his decision.

"Actually I think her ratings are very very good, I mean if only 51 percent of people disapprove of what is really a dismal voting record in Washington D.C."

Hoekstra says he is entering the race because he believes he can help set Michigan on a better track in Washington D.C. He says a field of lesser-known Republican candidates did not play into his decision. But political insiders say Hoekstra was encouraged by Republicans to run because they thought he would have a better chance at defeating Stabenow than the other candidates.

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