Social media erupted on Sunday when a poll showed musician Robert Ritchie, aka Kid Rock, up by four points over incumbent Democratic Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Delphi Analytics, whose website just launched this month, released the findings:
Of respondents who stated a preference between Debbie Stabenow and Robert Ritchie, 54% stated they would vote for Ritchie while 46% said they would vote for Debbie Stabenow. These results could indicate that Ritchie is a popular figure in Michigan, Debbie Stabenow is unpopular, or some combination of concurrent trends. The relatively large, 44%, number of undecided respondents may be due to the early stages of the campaign.
The Michigan Democratic Party is in complete disarray after being charged a $500,000 fine by the FEC. Mark Brewer, who was the Chair at the time, is now the legal counsel for Democrat candidate for Governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer is also no stranger to campaign finance violations, has been in trouble for using PAC funds to pay for her website in 2012.
First, a bombshell report detailed how the Michigan Democratic Party is in disarray, faced with numerous corruption accusations while Gretchen Whitmer, the frontrunner for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination, stood idly by. Now, the Michigan Democratic Party is once again in turmoil, as the Detroit Free Press revealed today that the Party is being fined an astounding $500,000 for shoddy fundraising practices – a fine that “far exceeds the average penalty levied against candidates and political organizations over the years.”
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.
Epstein’s family owns Vesco Oil Corp., a large distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants based in Southfield. A relative political newcomer who has not held elective office, she was a co-chair of Trump’s Michigan campaign last year and said she will “take the fight directly to” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 67, a Democrat who is expected to seek a fourth term and who coasted to re-election in 2006 and 2012.