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Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s U.S. Senate race is getting attention from top Congressional GOP leaders at the Republican National Convention.

“It’s not just carrying it for Mitt Romney…we need a new senator from Michigan as well,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Michigan delegates this morning, “Because I would like to be setting the agenda in the Senate instead of (Democratic Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid.”

McConnell told the delegates that Republican control of the U.S. Senate depends on Michigan.

RealClearPolitics.com rates the race between Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra as a “toss-up.”

Earlier, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stressed the need for a strong Republican turnout in November.

“It’s going to come down to Michigan…and Wisconsin… and Iowa and Colorado,” Cantor told the Michigan delegates, “and we know it’s going to come down to about six percent in all of our states.”

State party leaders are hopeful Mitt Romney’s ties to Michigan will help Republicans win the state’s presidential vote for the first time since 1988.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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