The 2018 midterm elections are more than a year away, but voters in Michigan are down on their incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D).
In a new poll from Delphi Analytica, 26 percent of voters would choose to re-elect Stabenow, while 30 percent of voters would cast a ballot for Robert Ritchie, also known as “Kid Rock,” in a hypothetical matchup. 44 percent of voters preferred not to answer.
Ritchie isn’t even the Republican nominee yet, however, he appears to be a sure-bet to face Stabenow in November 2018. Earlier in July, Kid Rock teased he would be running for Senate in Michigan by posting a photo and website link onto Twitter.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
When asked to react to his potential Senate run, Sen. Stabenow said, “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he is better at playing the guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is fighting for Michigan.”
Rock responded, “Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS…”
Ritchie is what you call “Pure Michigan.” He was born and raised in Macomb County, which is an important swing county that voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton (53 to 42 percent) in the 2016 election. Macomb went for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.
In a similar fashion that electing Donald Trump as president was a blow to the political establishment, sending Ritchie to Washington is seen by many voters as sending another outsider to shake up the gridlock on Capitol Hill. If this trend continues, not only will there be a Senator Kid Rock, but also other outsiders will be emboldened to consider politics as a career.