Debbie Stabenow reelected to a fourth Senate term in Michigan

Debbie Stabenow reelected to a fourth Senate term in Michigan
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Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowChris Evans talks NATO, Marvel secrets on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care: Senators grill drug execs over high prices | Progressive Dems unveil Medicare for all bill | House Dems to subpoena Trump officials over family separations Senators grill drug execs over high prices MORE (D-Mich.)  was reelected to a fourth term on Tuesday, defeating Detroit businessman and Army veteran John James (R).

Stabenow had seen her lead over James narrow to single digits in the days leading up to the race in a state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE narrowly won in 2016.

A Michigan native, Stabenow was first elected to the Senate in 2001, becoming the state's first female senator. 

She faced a strong competitor in James, who would have become the second African American Republican in the current Senate along with Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court Breaking down barriers for American military families Top House Dem dismisses reparations as 2020 candidates endorse idea MORE (R-S.C.) and was endorsed warmly by President Trump.

Former President Obama stumped for Stabenow and other Democratic candidates in the final stretch of the race in a reflection of the high stakes for the Democratic Party.