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Worst kept secret: Peters to run for U.S. Senate in Michigan

  Washington, D.C., news outlets The National Journal and Roll Call are both reporting that Michigan U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, will officially announce Wednesday that he's a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
  Peters is expected to formally announce Wednesday in Rochester Hills.

  A Peters run for the Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014 comes as no surprise.
  An aggressive fundraiser and campaigner, Peters won election to the U.S. House in 2008 by knocking off a Republican incumbent, then hung on to his seat in 2010 when Republicans regained a lot of turf fueled by tea party discontent with Obamacare. And, in 2012, he was elected to a third term in a newly drawn district after a contested primary.
  Peters' entry into the Senate race fills half the dance card for the 2014 election. Now it's up to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers from Howell to decide if he's going to jump on the Republican side.
  While Peters is an aggressive campaigner and fundraiser, Rogers has also amassed a pile of cash, some $1.4 million, that could fuel a Senate run in what is sure to be a dogfight for the seat.
  Levin announced he wouldn't seek a seventh six-year term to focus on resolving the nation's problems, opening the door to plenty of speculation about who might, or might not, run.
  Both of Michigan's two senators are currently Democrats.
 

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