GOP consultant: Kid Rock would be 'prohibitive favorite' if he enters Michigan Senate race
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A Republican consultant says singer Kid Rock would be “prohibitive favorite” if he enters the Michigan Senate race.

“I think there’s no question about that. I think he’s the prohibitive favorite if he gets in,” Dennis Lennox, a Michigan-based Republican political consultant, told Politico.

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The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, just needs to steer clear of getting caught up in any serious scandals, Lennox said.

“Presuming Kid Rock doesn’t get caught in bed with a little boy or beat up a woman between now and August 2018, he’s going to win the nomination if he gets in,” Lennox predicted.

Another Republican warned against writing the entertainer off early, pointing to the difference between Ritchie and the typical pool of seasoned, well-groomed candidates.

“The fact that he’s nontraditional is appealing to a lot of people. Obviously, it scares others who want someone more predictable,” Saul Anuzis, the former Michigan GOP party chairman, told Politico.

Anuzis said Ritchie would stand out compared to the other candidates as well as the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowLet America's farmers grow climate solutions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Overnight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states MORE (Mich.).

“But if you’re going to beat an entrenched candidate like Debbie Stabenow in a purple state, you need to do something different,” Anuzis said, adding that Ritchie is “a hometown darling” in the state.

"He’s got deep connections to Detroit. He’s done a lot throughout the state,” Anuzis continued. “Anybody who’s writing him off is making a mistake.”

The report drew parallels between Ritchie and then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE, who was also underestimated when he first threw his name into the presidential race.

The musician hinted at a Senate run earlier this month, confirming that a campaign website with his name is real and teasing that he would have a “major announcement in the near future.”