Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Michigan Senate Election

Democratic incumbent: Carl Levin

Republican candidate: Jack Hoogendyk

Levin, 74, has represented Michigan in the Senate since 1979. He chairs the Armed Services Committee. He is 13th in Senate seniority, and seventh among Democrats.

Hoogendyk, 53, is a member of the state House of Representatives.

Real Clear Politics shows polls indicating large margins in favor of Levin.

Democrats have been dominating Michigan Senate elections in recent decades. Republican Spencer Abraham won in the 1994 Republican landslide, but was not reelected. Otherwise, the Michigan Senate delegation has been all Democratic since Levin first entered the Senate in 1979.

It would be a very major upset for the Republican to win this seat, in what is still shaping up to be another favorable election year for the Democrats.

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