Tea Party favorite Gary Glenn announced yesterday that he is bowing out of the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by two-term Democrat Debbie Stabenow and that he'll throw his support behind Clark Durant. The Associated Press reports:
Gary Glenn told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't think GOP front-runner Pete Hoekstra can beat Stabenow because he voted for the Wall Street bailout, which Stabenow opposed. Glenn broke the news to supporters Thursday evening. The Durant campaign is expected to announce Glenn's decision shortly. Hoekstra is running as a conservative and has been helped by the fact that Durant, Glenn and Randy Hekman were splitting much of the tea party vote. Glenn's withdrawal could make Durant more of a threat in the August 7th primary election, although Hoekstra has a slight edge in cash on hand.
Even with the support of Glenn, a recent poll shows the uphill battle Durant could face against Hoekstra. It showed Hoekstra, of Holland, taking 75 percent of the GOP vote, Hekman placing second with 11 percent. Durant carried 8 percent of the responses and Glenn won 6 percent of those surveyed. Recent campaign finance reports show Hoekstra with a fundraising edge, bringing in $734,000 in the second quarter to Durant’s $272,000. Hoekstra had $1.7 million on hand at the end of June, and Durant had $1.4 million.
Stabenow Stabenow, meanwhile, "continued her strong and consistent fundraising pace by bringing in just shy of $1.5 million in the last three months," The Hill reports. "Stabenow, who also raised $1.5 million in the last quarter, now has $4.5 million in the bank after paying for... TV ads," The Hill notes.