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Peters fends off challenge in Michigan Senate race

Peters fends off challenge in Michigan Senate race

Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersSenate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback The Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Two Senate committees vow probe of security failure during Capitol riots MORE (D) fended off a Republican challenge in Michigan’s Senate race to win a second term. 

NBC and ABC projected Wednesday night that Peters defeated Republican John James, an Army combat veteran and businessman. The Peters seat had long been seen as an outside chance for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat after President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE won Michigan in 2016.

GOP groups had invested heavily in the Michigan Senate Race, and Republicans had touted James as one of their top recruits of the 2020 cycle, noting that while he lost in the race against Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowWith a new president and a new Congress, it's time for Medicare drug price negotiation Yellen champions big spending at confirmation hearing Coronavirus relief deal hinges on talks over Fed lending powers MORE (D-Mich.) in 2018, he outperformed expectations that year.

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But Peters benefited from an avalanche of outside spending from Democrats as the party looked to not only keep Peters’s seat in its column but also flip it at the presidential level after Trump's win four years ago.