The Republican leadership had been attempting to recruit 2018 US Senate nominee John James to again run for the Senate, this time against first-term incumbent Gary Peters (D). Last November, Mr. James, a manufacturing company owner and retired US Army Ranger, held Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) to a 52-46% victory, much closer than experts had predicted.
Additionally, Mr. James raised over $12 million for his race, an impressive number since he received very little outside support. Yesterday, Mr. James announced that he will return for the 2020 Senate race, and he will likely be the Republicans’ top challenger.
Early polling showed James matching up well with Sen. Peters, surging into a virtual tie with the incumbent, whose approval ratings are less than stellar: 33:23% favorable to unfavorable, with 43% saying that have not heard of Mr. Peters according to the first quarter Morning Consult national approval ratings. Morning Consult ranks him 99th of the 100 Senators in favorability, ahead of only New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D).
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