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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Meijer explains campaign strategy

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer portrait
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Former U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids, MI-3)

A former West Michigan Congressman who voted to impeach Donald Trump says that decision is helping him among some in the GOP base in a new run for the U.S. Senate.

One-term Congressman Peter Meijer was among the 10 House Republicans who voted to oust Donald Trump and he lost a bid for re-election last year to a pro-Trump candidate.

Some question whether a moderate Republican like Meijer who might do well in a general election can win the GOP primary for Michigan’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat.

Meijer acknowledges national Republican officials are against him.

“I’ve also found a surprising amount of support from some unexpected corners because they say, ‘Hey, the thing we loved about Donald Trump is that he’s not afraid to be a bull in a China shop he’s somebody who says it like it is he’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers and hey, you're kind of doing the same thing.’ “

Still, Meijer has said he will support Trump if he is the GOP nominee.

The supermarket chain heir joins a Republican primary that includes former GOP Congressman Mike Rogers and ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig.