GOP super PAC announces $9 million ad buy in Michigan Senate race

GOP super PAC announces $9 million ad buy in Michigan Senate race
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A top Republican super PAC with ties to Senate GOP leadership on Thursday announced it will roll out a $9 million ad buy in Michigan to try and defeat Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Senators introduce bipartisan bill to protect personal travel data Hillicon Valley: Acting FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court ruling | Senate Intel panel working on breach notification bill MORE (D).

Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) said in a press release that its statewide television and radio buy, which will begin airing Saturday, is intended to “hold Gary Peters accountable” and prop up his opponent, businessman John James.

“The only thing Gary Peters has accomplished over his years in Washington is to keep Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat warm for his successor. That person is going to be John James – an incredibly impressive advocate for Michigan families and jobs who is taking the fight to Peters for leaving Michiganders hanging in a pandemic,” said SLF President Steven Law.


The Michigan Senate race gives the GOP a rare opportunity to go on offense in the fight for the Senate as the party largely finds itself playing defense across the board. While Republicans are supremely confident they will unseat Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) this November, Peters is the only other Democrat running for reelection in a state President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE won in 2016. 

James, an Army combat veteran, has emerged as a fundraising powerhouse and been touted as a top GOP recruit after his unsuccessful 2018 Senate campaign against Sen Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowThe 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 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE (D). Polls show Peters with a consistent lead in the race, though surveys released last month show him ahead by mid-single digits, down from a double-digit advantage over the summer.

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Biden: GOP in the midst of a 'mini-revolution' Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE’s allies are spending over $16 million to prop up James because they want another vote to gut pre-existing conditions coverage, undermine a woman’s right to choose, and obstruct Great Lakes funding,” Peters campaign spokeswoman Vanessa Valdivia said in a statement, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Should Peters lose his reelection campaign, it would make Democrats’ efforts to take back the Senate and overcome the GOP’s 53-47 seat majority incredibly difficult. But the party boasts that Peters will be able to win a second term, and the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “lean” Democrat.

The Wolverine State will likely be inundated with an avalanche of outside spending this cycle as it also is a key battleground in the presidential race. Trump won Michigan by under 11,000 votes in 2016 over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE, and polls show former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE with a single-digit lead over him there this year.