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Peters fends off challenge in Michigan Senate race

Peters fends off challenge in Michigan Senate race

by TAL AXELROD | The Hill  |  Published on November 5, 2020

Sen. Gary Peters (D) fended off a Republican challenge in Michigan’s Senate race to win a second term.

NBC and ABC projected Wednesday night that Peters defeated Republican John James, an Army combat veteran and businessman. The Peters seat had long been seen as an outside chance for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat after President Trump won Michigan in 2016.

GOP groups had invested heavily in the Michigan Senate Race, and Republicans had touted James as one of their top recruits of the 2020 cycle, noting that while he lost in the race against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in 2018, he outperformed expectations that year.

But Peters benefited from an avalanche of outside spending from Democrats as the party looked to not only keep Peters’s seat in its column but also flip it at the presidential level after Trump’s win four years ago.

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