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Debbie Dingell decides not to run in U.S. Senate race in Michigan


WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- It looks like the Michigan Democrats may have a clear path to retaining a U.S. Senate Seat, with just one candidate running for the position now held by Carl Levin, who does not plan to run again in 2014.

The MIRS news agency reports that National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell has released a statement saying she will not be running for the job, clearing the way for Congressman Gary Peters to run uncontested in the primary.

She calls Peters a “good candidate”. She says she had gotten a lot of encouragement to run and had taken a long hard look at it, and concluded while it would be good to have more women in congress, she also decided that it would be better for the party to unite behind one candidate for what will be a “difficult and expensive race”.

Peters has not officially announced, but his senate campaign committee has already raised over 370-thousand dollars.

Among the republicans considering a run for the seat are Congress members Mike Rogers and Justin Amash, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, former National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and State Senator Roger Kahn.