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 StabenowUSDA nixes release of multiple reports over researcher exodus Schumer throws support behind Pelosi impeachment inquiry Senate Democrats hesitant to go all-in on impeachment probe 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 TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 ScottBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Rand Paul: 'We deserve to know' identity of Trump whistleblower Bottom Line 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.