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Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig ends Michigan GOP Senate bid

The seat may present an opportunity for Republicans to notch a victory as incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is not seeking re-election and the Wolverine State is broadly regarded as a battleground in the 2024 presidential election.

Published: February 13, 2024 9:30pm

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Tuesday announced that he was ending his Michigan Senate bid.

Craig launched his bid as a Republican in October, pitting him against former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who had the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. They were later joined by former Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich.

The former police chief told the Associated Press that "[t]his is strictly a business decision... I’m not leaving because I felt like I didn’t have the support. But from a business end, you need funds to run a campaign."

Fundraising records revealed that Craig trailed his primary opponents by a significant margin in terms of finances. Whereas Rogers has raised more than $2 million, Craig brought in just over $60,000 by the end of 2023, per the AP.

The seat may present an opportunity for Republicans to notch a victory as incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is not seeking re-election and the Wolverine State is broadly regarded as a battleground in the 2024 presidential election.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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