Saturday, August 23, 2008

Michigan U.S. Senate Race

Race of the Day

Michigan U.S. Senate

August 23, 2008
73 Days Until Election Day

Status: Democrat Incumbent
2004 Presidential Result: Blue State (Midwest)

Outlook: Safe Democrat

Michigan may prove to be one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds of the Presidential campaign, but the U.S. Senate election will be considerably less interesting.

Democrat Carl Levin has served the state in the Senate since 1977, and has been a fairly reliable liberal vote who now chairs the Armed Services Committee. Levin has faced some tough reelections in the past, but the last few times, his combover has remained fairly secure. His opponent this year will be a conservative State Representative named Jack Hoogendyk, who is believed to be a credible opponent, but one who nobody expects (and polls already back this up) as being much of a threat to Levin, despite his Dutch name, in a state that has a lot of Dutch influence in parts, and what would likely be a strong turnout by Pro-Lifers.

Hoogendyk campaign link:

2008 U.S. Senate races predicted: 7 D, 8 R
Post election balance of power predicted thus far: 46 D, 34 R


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