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Michigan Senate race getting crowded

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State of Michigan
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It’s shaping up to be a crowded race for Michigan’s open US Senate seat, starting with next year’s Democratic and Republican primaries.

Actor Hill Harper is the latest name to join the Democratic field and more candidates are expected to jump into both party primaries with the retirement pending of incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow.

David Dulio is an Oakland University political science professor. He says organization will matter and fundraising will matter, but there could easily be surprises, especially since primaries tend to be low-turnout elections.

“The more crowded the field, the easier it is for a lesser-known candidate because they can win without having to amass a large plurality of the vote.”

He says the competition for voters’ attention will be especially intense in a presidential election year.

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