Race Update: Michigan
Rep. Candice Miller has unfortunately decided not to challenge first-term Senator Debbie Stabenow. Miller was being heavily recruited by the White House and offered Republicans a far better chance of taking the seat than any other potential candidate. It's not unwinnable, but there are multiple factors working against us. Any Republicans with state-wide name recognition will probably wait for Sen. Levin to retire. This leaves us mostly with candidates who either are second-tier and think that this is their only shot, or who will simply be trying to raise their name recognition before a 2008 bid. Smart money will move to other races that are more likely to go our way, such as Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska.