Democratic Michigan Sen. Stabenow wins 3rd term

Published On: Nov 07 2012 01:10:07 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 06 2012 10:39:24 PM EST

Two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has won re-election, defeating former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

DETROIT -

Two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has won re-election, defeating former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

Stabenow had no primary opposition and built a fundraising advantage over Hoekstra, who fended off a challenge for the GOP nomination from charter school founder Clark Durant.

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"I am deeply honored and so grateful to Michigan voters for giving me the opportunity to once again be your voice and to stand up for Michigan as your United States Senator," Stabenow said in a statement. "For me, it’s all about Michigan families. I was born and raised here, my family all lives here, and Michigan will always be my home. We live in an incredible state, and there is no greater privilege than to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate."

Stabenow ran television ads portraying herself as a bipartisan champion of Michigan industries, particularly manufacturing and agriculture. As chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she won a rare endorsement from the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Hoekstra's campaign tried to attract attention with low-budget Internet ads describing Stabenow as "the worst senator," but they drew little traction.

The candidates accused each other of favoring policies that would damage Medicare, the popular health program for seniors. Stabenow said Hoekstra supported budget cuts proposed by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

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