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  John James fires up GOP base with underdog Michigan Senate bid, as polls tighten
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News DateFriday, October 26, 2018 01:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke are getting huge attention on the Democratic side for their energetic midterm bids, representing for many the future face of the party.

But Republicans are seeing a similar phenomenon over in Michigan, where Senate candidate John James has electrified voters even as he faces an uphill climb against incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Like O'Rourke, James remains the underdog in that race. Yet the polls appear to be tightening and, win or lose, the 37-year-old Iraq War veteran and Detroit-area businessman -- and the first black Republican to run for statewide election in Michigan in four decades -- seems to have a bright future in politics.

“He’s a star, an absolute star,” Jake Davison, the editor of Inside Michigan Politics, told Fox News, even as he downplayed the Republican's chances. “He has the base really fired up.”
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