U.S. Senate

Sen. Gary Peters photo at MSU's FRIB
Photo courtesy of Sen. Gary Peters

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.

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.

Mike Pence and John James
Courtesy / Mike Pence, John James

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Michigan to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James.

Sandy Pensler
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Republican businessman Sandy Pensler said Wednesday he contributed $5 million to his campaign for U.S. Senate, giving a jolt to a race in which the GOP is hoping to defeat incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow but has struggled to find a proven, top-tier candidate.

Lena Epstein & Rocky Raczkowski Facebook pages

Republicans Rocky Raczkowski and Lena Epstein plan to seek a suburban Detroit House seat opening due to a retirement.

Lena Epstein
Courtesy / Lena Epstein Facebook picture

Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Gary Peters
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Democrat Gary Peters just began his third year as Michigan’s junior Senator.

He joined WKAR's Brooke Allen on Tuesday to discuss security, the Trump administration and other issues.  

Peters is now a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, so Brooke first asked him if he’s had a chance to learn about Lt. General H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser.