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Who will the GOP put up for U.S. Senate seat in Michigan?

  Much speculation and polling about who the Republicans will field for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin in 2014.
  But there could soon be an end to it.

  Mike Murray, of Murray Communications, posted the following on his Facebook page Wednesday: 

  Human Event's Gizzi tweets: "At Oakland Cty GOP dinner. Ex Sec State Terri Lynn Land says she'll announce for US Senate June 1 unless Rep. Mike ROGERS enters race."

 U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, from Howell, and Terri Lynn Land, a Republican National Committeewoman from Byron Center,  lead a Republican field of candidates, according to a recent poll of Republican primary voters this week.
  A June 1 date means Land, the former Michigan secretary of state who has experience in statewide campaigning, isn't going to wait forever to launch her campaign and has deferred to Rogers as long as she's going to.
  Rogers, also rumored to be a candidate to run the FBI, also needs to decide quickly if he's in or out, given the complexities of a statewide campaign, the likelihood of a Republican primary, and the surety of a brutal and expensive campaign with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Bloomfield Township Democrat and the most likely Democratic candidate to succeed Levin.
  Is Rogers willing to give up his House seat for a bruising Senate campaign? Is he content to stay in the House where he chairs the House Intelligence Committee? Does he really want to be the nominee to run the FBI in an Obama administration?
  As Rogers ponders those questions, so do others.
  As of now, another poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing indicates Peters would beat both Land and Rogers with a large number of undecided responses.
  But a lot can change between now and the November election in 2014.

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