Former Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer's entry into the state's Senate race has received a lukewarm reception from the Senate Republican campaign arm.
Meijer lost his 2022 primary to a Trump-backed challenger after voting to impeach the former president over the events of Jan. 6, 2021. He announced his campaign on Monday, joining a crowded Republican primary that already includes former GOP Rep. Mike Rogers and former Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee was less than enthusiastic about his candidacy and has already recruited Rogers to run for the seat.
"Peter Meijer isn't viable in a primary election, and there’s worry that if Meijer were nominated, the base would not be enthused in the general election," NRSC Executive Director Jason Thielman told Politico.
With longtime Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow retiring at the end of her term, Republicans see an opportunity to pickup a traditionally blue-leaning seat in the upper chamber.
Concerning the NRSC is the prospect of Meijer splitting the primary vote with another moderate candidate and ushering in a politically unpalatable nominee that could blow that chance, per the outlet.
Rogers, for his part, chaired the House Intelligence Committee from 2011-2015.
Republicans last won a Senate seat in the Wolverine State in 1994. Former President Donald Trump's 2016 win there, however, reignited GOP optimism about their prospects in Michigan.
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