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 StabenowCongress: Support legislation to defend Medicare home health  Dems want climate change, tax hikes in infrastructure deal Critics accuse EPA of weakening pollution rule for Pentagon 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Spicer defends Trump's White House correspondents dinner boycott GOP senators dismiss Booker reparations proposal 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.