Anuzis encouraged by Stabenow's slumping poll numbers

Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis, who's weighing a bid for Senate next year, says he's encouraged by Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) slumping poll numbers. 

"Her numbers are well below 50 percent," Anuzis told The Ballot Box. "That's why you see a number of people looking so seriously at this race."

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), former Gov. John Engler (R), former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) and GOP businessman Tim Leuliette are also rumored contenders for the seat. 

A poll released earlier this week by GOP pollster Wilson Research Strategies showed Stabenow would start out with just a narrow edge over either Hoekstra or Land. The poll also found just 33 percent of voters said they would vote to reelect Stabenow. 

A December poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy also showed trouble for Stabenow, measuring a job approval rating of just 41 percent. 

Anuzis, who is fresh off a second-place finish in his run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, plans to push his name out more aggressively in the coming weeks, talking up a potential bid with party insiders and activists this weekend at the party's state convention in Michigan to "gauge support."   

"I'm making the rounds, doing my due diligence," Anuzis said. "This is not a small undertaking, so you have to be prepared for it." 

Anuzis held a series of meetings with party strategists in Washington this week and had dinner with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday night. 

Anuzis said he realizes he has some real work to do should he decide to jump into the contest, but said he's confident the organization he has built as head of the state party and during his two runs for RNC chairman, would serve him well in a bid.

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