Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has decided that she is not going to run for re-election in 2024.
That is a big carrot for the GOP to start looking at.
Michigan has been kind of a goofy state providing some unexpected opportunities over the last cycle. I would imagine that this seat will fit that bill.
Let’s Grab It
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is very close with Senator Stabenow, so he is losing a major ally in the Senate once she walks away.
On retiring, Stabenow stated, “Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.”
Stabenow is the current chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, so Schumer is also losing a major leader in his caucus.
In the meantime, Stabenow stated that she would focus on passing a farm bill that would provide billions to the agricultural industry in this country.
She stated, “For the next two years, I am intensely focused on continuing this important work to improve the lives of Michiganders. This includes leading the passage of the next five-year Farm Bill which determines our nation’s food and agriculture policies.”
Democrats were already going to be in a bad way during the 2024 cycle in terms of being able to hold the Senate.
As long as leadership can get its act together, the GOP should be able to retake the Senate.
In addition to this seat, the one currently held by Senator Sinema (I-AZ) will be targeted. Ideally, Sinema runs again and splits the liberal vote so the GOP can come right in and steal it.
Sinema has not yet stated if she plans on running for re-election or not. If she does not run, the seat very well may go back to Democrats again based on the recent blue swing in the state.
Source: The Hill