Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., was re-elected to the U.S. Senate, defeating Trump-backed Republican John James. Stabenow was originally elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 as Michigan’s first female senator after serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. This will be her fourth term in the Senate.
With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Stabenow has a lead with 51.9 percent of the vote compared to James’s 46 percent, according to The Detroit News.
Stabenow votes consistently with the Democratic party in the Senate, and rooted her campaign around key issues of protecting veterans, lowering costs of prescription drugs, increasing skills training and protecting the Great Lakes.
Stabenow visited the University of Michigan campus in September to rally the student vote, along with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and other Michigan politicians, discussing issues pertinent to Michigan students, such as clean water, the Great Lakes, net neutrality and college debt.
She held another Get Out the Vote rally on campus the eve of Election Day, encouraging students to vote ethically.
“We are committed to a country that reflects the right values, and we reject what has been spewing out of the White House,” Stabenow said.