Fred Upton Turns Down Senate Campaign

This morning, Congressman Fred Upton announced in a statement that he will run for reelection. This ends speculation that he would run for U.S. Senate to replace Debbie Stabenow.

Upton (R-St. Joseph) had been publicly considering a Senate campaign, but opted out of it in his statement. “I will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate. There was a path, but today we are choosing not to follow it.”

Congressman Upton currently represents Michigan’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served in Congress since 1987. If reelected, Upton will begin his 17th term in 2019.

Upton’s decision leaves only two major candidates in the 2018 Republican field for U.S. Senate—former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Bob Young, Jr. and businessman John James. Businessman Sandy Pensler is also considering a run.

Incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) has been in the U.S. Senate since 2001, and Republicans hope to unseat her in 2018.

Make sure to keep up with the news in the U.S. Senate race right here.

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