Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump's convention House uprising thwarts change to Patriot Act GOP angst grows over Trump MORE (R-Mich.) won't run for the Senate, ending months of speculation and clearing the way for former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) to be the GOP nominee.
Amash had long flirted with a potential bid but in recent weeks indicated he wasn't likely to run. The libertarian congressman said in late July that it would be "difficult" for any Republican to win the seat in the Democratic-leaning state, and the decision of regular ideological sparring partner, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), not to run may have given Amash less incentive to run.
He's also carved out a niche as a leading civil libertarian in the House following his bipartisan push to defund the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs. That vote fell just short and helped him build his profile both nationally and within the House.
Land wasn't the GOP's first choice for the seat held by retiring Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinAs other regulators move past implementing Dodd-Frank, the SEC falls further behind Will partisan politics infect the Supreme Court? Fight for taxpayers draws fire MORE (R-Mich.) — national Republicans had hoped Rogers or Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) would run. But recent polls show Land in a close race with Rep. Gary Peters (Mich.), the likely Democratic nominee.
Neither is well known at this point, but the race could become competitive.