DETROIT – It is one of a handful of Senate races that is a must watch on election night.
First term U.S. Senator Gary Peters, 61, a Democrat, is facing a formidable challenge from Republican John James, 39, an Iraq war veteran who runs a logistics company in Detroit.
Peters, who is White, is a longtime Michigan politico. He has served in a variety of elected and appointed positions. He crushed his Republican challenger in 2014. However, his challenger ran what is widely viewed as one of the worst Senate campaigns in years.
James, who is Black, ran for Senate against longtime Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2018 and lost in what was a blue wave year, but James out-performed all other Republicans on the ballot.
The battle on the airwaves across the state of Michigan has the campaigns and outside groups funneling millions into the race. Peters' more overtly political message contrasts with James, who has showcased his family and military credentials.
The polling has repeatedly shown either a dead heat or a margin of error race. James is the GOP’s best hope to pick up a Senate seat in what is a battle for control of the U.S. Senate.