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+Debbie Stabenow (D) i
2,214,478
52.26%
John James (R)
1,938,818
45.76%
Marcia Squier (G)
40,204
0.95%
George Huffman (UST)
27,251
0.64%
John Wilhelm (NL)
16,502
0.39%
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4,237,271

Plurality: 275,660 votes (6.50 percentage points).
 MI Department of State




Notes:
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), 66, won a fourth term.  Stabenow has served more than 40 years in public office: Ingham County Commissioner (1975-78), state representative (1979-90), state senate (1991-94), unsuccessful candidate for governor and nominee for lt. governor in 1994, and two terms in the U.S. House (elected in 1996 and 1998) prior to being elected to the Senate in 2000.  Stabenow's main challenger was John James (R), 37, a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, including flying Apache helicopters  during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He then headed up the family business, and serves as president of James Group International, based in Detroit. 

James defeated Sandy Pensler by 54.7% to 45.3% in the Aug. 7 primary, while Stabenow was uncontested.  Also on the November ballot were George Huffman III (UST), Marcia Squier (G) and John Wilhelm (NL). 

Stabenow and James debated twice, on Oct. 14 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids (+) and Oct. 15 before the Detroit Economic Club (+).


For the cycle, from 2013-18, the Stabenow campaign reported raising $17.5 million, spending $16.7 million, and cash on hand of $1.9 million; the James campaign raised $12.5 million, spent $11.7 million and had cash on hand of slightly less than $750,000 (+).



Campaign Managers:
Debbie Stabenow:  Jason Ellenburg
Came to the campaign from position as deputy state director to Sen. Stabenow.  Experience includes vice president of Resolute Consulting, running their Detroit office, from 2011; campaign manager to Rep. John Dingell, 2010; campaign manager on Sen. Carl Levin's 2008 re-election; political director for the Michigan Democratic Party in 2005; and Oakland County regional field director on the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004.  Writer for National Journal.  Attended Central Michigan University.

John James:  Tori Sachs
(Sept. 2017)  Prior to the campaign, Sachs worked for more than seven years for Gov. Rick Snyder: external affairs advisor (Dec. 2015-Mar. 2017), community and coalitions outreach director (Dec. 2014-Nov. 2015), coalitions and operations director (Mar.-Nov. 2014), senior community liaison (Mar. 2013-Mar. 2014), deputy director of scheduling (Jan. 2011-Feb. 2013) and field coordinator (Nov. 2009-Dec. 2010).  Studied political science and government at Oakland University.

 

 
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