First-term incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) is up for re-election in 2006. Today, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced he will run in the GOP primary to face Stabenow. Also, word is that former Senator and former Enery Secretary Spenecer Abraham's (the man whom Stabenow defeated in 2000) wife, Jane Abraham, is considering running against the Democrat. This race should be very close due to Stabenow's anemic 49% approval rating.
Evangelical Conservative Ralph Reed, formerly of the Christian Coalition and Bob Dole's failed 96 run for the White House, has announced he will be a 2006 Republican candidate for Georgia Lt. Governor. Reed will likely face 2004 Democratic Senate nominee and former Congresswoman Denise Majette. Look for Reed to win by at least 10%.
With Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R) likely to retire in 2006 to focus on the White House in 2008, several Republicans are lining up to run for his seat; Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, former Congressmen Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary, and Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker. The Demcrats, on the other hand, have thus far fielded only Congressman Harold Ford of Memphis, although many expect Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell to throw his hat in to the ring too. I was born in Northeast Tennessee, so I'm very interested in this race. My candidate will be Congressman Ford, and I truly hope that Mayor Purcell stays out of this race and instead run in 2008 against Senator Alexander.
I'll go into much more detail about the TN Senate seat later, but now, I'm headed to lunch.