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Camp in Michigan U.S. Senate race: Political popcorn or real beef?

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp
  U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Bloomfield Township Democrat who is the only Democrat who has filed to run for the seat of retiring Michigan U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, has to be somewhat elated at the news that his congressional colleague, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Camp from Midland, may also be interested in jumping into the Senate race.
  The most recent poll has Peters tied in a head-to-head match with former Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, even though the poll notes a large percentage of undecided voters.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters
  Entry into the Senate race by Camp, currently chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, means a Republican primary between Land and Camp, which could only siphon off some of the $3 million Camp is sitting on, based on June 30 campaign finance reports.
  It would certainly bleed resources from Land. Currently no one knows how much money she has to campaign on. Her finances won't be filed until the end of September with the FEC.
Terri Lynn Land
  Camp, who showed no interest in running for Senate in April, has supposedly softened to the idea at the urging of other Michigan Republicans who don't feel Land can mount as effective a campaign as the Washington-savvy and financially heeled Camp.
  Land's reaction on social media platform Twitter to a possible primary against Camp, meanwhile, was more of the "bring it on" type of reply:
  "If he chooses to run for Senate then I will look forward to a spirited primary focused on important issues like reducing the debt burden," Land tweeted Wednesday afternoon.


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