The Detroit News reported on Thursday that, “Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow [Chairwoman of the Senate Ag Comm.] still holds a big lead over former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra going into the final weeks of an otherwise lackluster campaign, a Detroit News /WDIV Local 4 poll shows.
“Stabenow leads Hoekstra 50.1 percent to 37.5 percent, a 12.6 point lead. That is closer than Stabenow’s lead of 15.9 points last month, but higher than the 7.2-point margin in August when Hoekstra won the GOP nomination” [related graph from article].
The article noted that, “The two candidates have yet to square off in a televised debate, [related article] and Hoekstra has struggled to overcome a fund-raising deficit, which has kept him raising money instead of campaigning while Stabenow has been able to run TV ads.”
Meanwhile, on October 5, the Stabenow campaign released a video titled, “Our Farm Jobs Tour!”
A descriptive caption of the video, which is available below, noted that, “Agriculture is critical to Michigan’s economy: it is the state’s second largest industry, contributing more than $71 billion to the Michigan economy and accounting for nearly one out of every four Michigan jobs.
“As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow’s 2012 Farm Bill, which passed the United States Senate with strong bipartisan support, has been called the most significant reform in American agriculture policy in decades.”