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Michigan GOP push into Detroit: A serious or symbolic effort?

  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party Republican and potential presidential candidate in 2016, is scheduled to join Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Republican National Committee Michigan Director of African-American Engagement Wayne Bradley for the 10 a.m. event at the office on Livernois, just north of Seven Mile Road.
  The most visible race in 2014 will the U.S. Senate contest between  Republican Terri Lynn Land and Bloomfield Township Democrat and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for the seat being vacated by Democrat U.S. Sen Carl Levin.
  Paul, 50, recently won a presidential straw poll taken at the every-other-year Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island in September, indicating his popularity among conservative Republicans.
  How much effect Rand's profile and the GOP push into Detroit will have, however, remains questionable in the predominantly Democratic city.
  But the Detroit office opening may indeed send a signal that the GOP isn't going to go down without a fight this time when it comes to elections for federal office.

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