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Former SOS Terri Lynn Land enters Michigan U.S. Senate race

  Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land used social media platform Twitter Monday morning to announce she's running for the U.S. Senate from Michigan.

  "Today, I started to assemble a team to win the #misen race. Join us!" Land tweeted shortly after 8 a.m.
  A short time later, she posted a longer message on social media platform Facebook:
  "I would like to thank everyone who has been encouraging me to run for US Senate," Land posted. "Representing our magnificent state of Michigan and your interests in Congress would be the greatest honor. We need conservative leadership now more than ever because of high unemployment, huge deficits, and a spendthrift Congress.
  "Beginning today, I am putting together a campaign strategy and a policy team," she said. "I will be filing the appropriate paper work by July 1 to become a Republican primary candidate.
  "Now is our chance to win. I eagerly look forward to speaking with you face-to-face about ways to launch our country to prosperity while defending our liberty and freedoms," Land concluded.
   Land is from the west Michigan town of Byron Center.
  Whether or not she will have a primary against other Republicans next year remains to be seen.
  Other Republicans, such as U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers from Howell, haven't announced their intentions yet.
  Should Land, 54, prevail to be the Republican candidate, she'll be running against U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat.
  Peters announced at the first of May that he would seek the seat after U.S. Sen. Carl Levin said in March that he wouldn't pursue a seventh six-year term in 2014.
  The race to replace Levin is expected to be spirited since Levin's departure makes it an open seat and national Republicans would like to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats.
  Michigan's other senator, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, is also a Democrat. The last Republican senator from Michigan was Spencer Abraham, who lost to Stabenow in 2000.
  Land, a member of the Republican National Committee, served two four-year terms as Michigan secretary of state beginning with her 2002 election.
  Democrats quickly criticized Land as an RNC member, saying she embraced Republican plans to privatize Social Security and Medicare, and derail the nation's economy.
  "Terri Lynn Land made it clear she is just another out-of-touch Republican who would be a rubber stamp in Washington for the extreme, right-wing agenda," said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
  "Instead of focusing on rebuilding our economy and middle class, Republican National Committeewoman Land would rip the rug out from under Michigan seniors and middle class families," Barasky said. "Michiganders can't afford partisanship in the place of common-sense problem solving and deserve a senator that would fight for them -- not a champion of a polarizing, partisan vision that hurts middle class families."

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