Is the Michigan Senate Race Over?

Image: Terri Lynn Land
Terri Lynn Land, Republican candidate for United States Senate, walks in the Labor Day Parade in Romeo, Mich., Sept. 1, 2014. Pro-business, Land has won statewide office twice, as secretary of state. But she has been tripped up by lackluster public appearances, polling concerns and dwindling outside financial support. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Paul Sancya / AP

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Democrats have received a bit of good news. They might no longer have to worry about the Michigan Senate race.

An arm of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the NRSC, has just pulled its investment in television advertising backing GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land.

Land is running against Rep. Gary Peters in an open race to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin. Control of the Senate is at stake with Republicans needing to pick up at least six seats.

Ron Bonjean, a consultant to the NRSC Independent Expenditure Committee, downplayed the move, saying the organization continues to monitor the state closely.

“No one should be surprised to see us make a significant investment in this race in the coming days and weeks. However, right now the other outside allied groups have Michigan well covered. We will be making more decisions on the race during the next four weeks and strongly believe Terri Lynn Land will be a US Senator on November 4th,” Bonjean said.

Polling since mid-September has increasingly and consistently shown Peters with a lead.


-- Leigh Ann Caldwell