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List of Michigan Republicans interested in U.S. Carl Levin's seat gets a little longer

  Michigan Republicans powwowed in Boyne City this past weekend, laying out a strategy to protect the offices held by Republicans in 2014. Part of that strategy includes opening up new offices around the state with the goal of keeping them open in perpetuity.
  And no powwow is complete without some speculation about who Republicans might back for the open seat of U.S. Carl Levin, who is retiring at the end of 2014.

 Whoever it is will likely have to run against U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township who has already announced his Senate candidacy.
  Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak says there's numerous Republicans who can make a race of it against Peters, including former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, former U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, former congressional candidate Rob Steele.
  Republicans have the most to lose in the 2014 election. As Schostak notes, they have to protect the largest number of Republican offices held by Republicans in 50 years.
  Those include nine congressional seats, majorities on the supreme court and in the Michigan Legislature, and statewide offices held by Republicans including governor, secretary of state and attorney general.

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