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 StabenowSenate Dems raise concerns about shutdown's impact on assistance to taxpayers Durbin signals he will run for reelection Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee 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 TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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 ScottMellman: Lynching and defective representation If Republicans rebuked Steve King, they must challenge Donald Trump McConnell rebukes Steve King over white nationalist comments 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.