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Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters Wins Reelection

Nov 4, 2020
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Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters won reelection Wednesday, defeating Republican challenger John James in a tight race.

Peters, James Make Final Cases In Michigan’s Senate Race

Nov 2, 2020
Polls show an increasingly tighter race for Michigan's junior Senate seat between Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James. Some experts say the Senate race may be closer than the presidential race in Michigan.
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Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James are making their final cases to the electorate in the closing days of a $100 million-plus duel that will help shape whether the winner of the presidential race can enact his legislative agenda.

Polls show an increasingly tighter race for Michigan's junior Senate seat between Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James. Some experts say the Senate race may be closer than the presidential race in Michigan.
Photos courtesy of the campaigns

With nearly 20 days to go until the November election recent polls show Democratic Senator Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James as neck and neck. Peters’ ten-point lead in the polls over the summer has winnowed to single digits. 

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Members of the far-right group Proud Boys volunteered at an Antrim County event that hosted John James, the Republican candidate for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat this year.

Sen. Gary Peters photo at MSU's FRIB
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In the U.S. Senate race Democrat Incumbent Senator Gary Peters is polling ahead of his Republican opponent, but continues to be outraised. Senator Peters spoke to WKAR about the race and the biggest issues voters are facing during the coronavirus crisis.

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Republican John James is vying for one of Michigan's U.S. Senate seats for the second time. WKAR's Abigail Censky talked to the candidate about the race and his priorities for Michigan as part of a two-day series talking to the U.S. Senate candidates ahead of the August primary.

Republican challenger John James raised $6.4 million over three months in his campaign in Michigan for the U.S. Senate, again topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, who collected $5.2 million.

Paul Junge claws his way out of a four-way Republican primary to face Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Peter Meijer wins the Republican primary for Justin Amash's seat and Rashida Tlaib holds onto the 13th Congressional District defeating Brenda Jones in the primary
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Another version of this story previously aired on Weekend Edition Saturday.

When Donald Trump won the state of Michigan in 2016, he did it by a narrow margin of just over 11,000 votes. The President’s victory in 2020 depends on voters in a coalition of battleground states, like Michigan, voting for him again.

While the top of the ticket race may be the marquee for politicos, it’s not the only one. The reelection effort for Michigan’s junior Democratic Senator, Gary Peters, will be hard fought between Democrats, who need the seat to maintain their foothold in the Senate, and Republicans, who place Peters at the top of their “endangered” list.

Gary Peters
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Republican Senate candidate John James raised more than $3 million in the last quarter, at least $500,000 more than Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.

Courtesy of John James

John James, who lost his bid for US Senate against Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, is now being considered for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations according to national media outlets.

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