Stabenow: ‘Kid Rock might actually win the Republican primary’
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Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump Prominent Michigan Republican drops out of Senate primary GOP chairman shoots down Democrat effort to delay tax work until Jones is seated MORE (D-Mich.) is fundraising once again off a potential matchup against Kid Rock, saying if the musician makes a run for her Senate seat, he “might actually win the Republican primary.”

A Thursday email to supporters from Stabenow’s 2018 reelection campaign touts a poll that “shows Debbie beating Kid Rock in a hypothetical head to head — but it also shows something else: A full one-third of Michigan voters are ready to back him should he decide to get in the race.”


The poll released last week from Market Research Group on the potential Senate showdown found that Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, trailed Michigan’s senior senator 52 to 34 percent.

The same poll found 66 percent of Republicans would support Ritchie in the 2018 race.

“It's a big number and a reminder about how unpredictable 2018 is going to be,” Stabenow says in her fundraising pitch. “With Republican support so high, if he decides to get in the race, Kid Rock might actually win the Republican primary.”

The “All Summer Long” singer has flirted for months with a possible Senate run, hawking “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” t-shirts and criticizing Stabenow, saying Americans were “sick and tired” of “bullshit” from politicians.

It’s not the first time Stabenow’s campaign has attempted to raise money off of a possible run by Ritchie. The campaign sent an email to supporters back in July, when Ritchie first hinted at a possible entry into politics.

“We don’t know if this is real or just a publicity stunt,” the email said, “But after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE’s surprising win last year, we need to act fast.”