For a state that was crucial to Donald Trump winning the presidency four years ago, Michigan is not only an important battlefield state for the White House, it is crucial to the Democrats’ attempt to fight back over the upper house.
“There’s a lot of energy on both sides because of what’s at stake here,” Peters said in an interview with CNN this week in Traverse City.
“It’s incredibly important,” he said. “We need to have a majority in the Senate for our President Biden to be successful.”
GOP strategist Jamie Roe told CNN that “there is a huge opportunity for the Republican Party here in Michigan to turn a seat.”
James declined an interview with CNN, but the Republican candidate on Fox News on Thursday claimed that Peters “would be less than a speed bump against the left-wing movement against anarchy and socialism.”
In campaign ads, James has attacked Peters for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling him an ineffective legislator, while Peters has proclaimed his two-party credentials and environmental record.
Michigan was one of three states that delivered Trump the White House in 2016, but two years later, Democrats seemed to have rebuilt the “blue wall” by winning the Senate and gubernatorial races and turning over two Trump-winning U.S. neighborhoods in mid-2018.
Democrats need to pick up four seats to gain control of the U.S. Senate if Trump wins re-election. But if Biden secures the presidency, his party would need to win three seats, as his vice president, Kamala Harris, would be a tiebreaker vote in the Senate.
For Democrats, losing another seat could complicate the party’s path to taking control of the Senate.
“There is no way for a Democratic Senate majority without Gary Peters returning to the U.S. Senate,” former Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon told CNN.
The battle to hold on to the seat has made it one of the most expensive races of this cycle, with Peters and his allies spending more than $ 56 million on ads to date, compared to $ 45 million from James and external groups supporting his campaign. .
Michigan voters who have already begun casting their ballots are paying close attention to the effort.
“Having a blue Senate and a blue Congress over the next four years will dictate all the legislation that our family cares about,” Freddie Courson, a Democratic voter in Michigan, told CNN.
Michigan GOP voter Jeff English told CNN that this is “very important to Republicans. If they do not win the Senate, nothing will be done.”
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.