The 2024 Senate races are shaping up to be a banner year for Republicans if they can just eliminate the RINOs in the party. There will be 33 seats up for grabs and 23 of those seats are in Democratic hands. The seven most vulnerable seats are all held by Democrats. With Stabenow retiring, that could also be a vulnerable seat with no incumbent running. Republicans only need to pick up two seats to take control of the Senate.
Stabenow announced in a statement:
“Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.”
“For the next two years, I am intensely focused on continuing this important work to improve the lives of Michiganders. This includes leading the passage of the next five-year Farm Bill, which determines our nation’s food and agriculture policies.”
Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 5, 2023
Stabenow wrote in her announcement:
“When I ran for the State Legislature in 1978, there were only eight women serving in the State House and none in the State Senate or top statewide offices. This year there are 44 women serving in the State House and 15 in the Senate! Women hold the top three statewide elected offices, and we have the first female Majority Leader in the State Senate!”
“Under the cloud of unprecedented threats to our democracy and our basic freedoms, a record-breaking number of people voted last year in Michigan. Young people showed up like never before. This was a very hopeful sign for our future. “
“I am ‘Made in Michigan.’ My work is deeply rooted in my love of our wonderful state. Whether protecting our Great Lakes, transforming mental health services, or ensuring our state can continue to make things and grow things to be competitive in our world economy, I am proud that my accomplishments have made a difference in people’s lives and created a strong foundation for a healthy and prosperous future for our state.”
“For the next two years, I am intensely focused on continuing this important work to improve the lives of Michiganders. This includes leading the passage of the next five-year Farm Bill, which determines our nation’s food and agriculture policies. It is also key in protecting our land and water and creating jobs in our rural and urban communities.”
Michigan Democrats swept the state’s top offices in November, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defeating Republican challenger Tudor Dixon. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel also both defeated their Republican opponents.
The state’s U.S. House members are currently split, with seven Democrats and seven Republicans. Michigan’s other senator, Gary Peters, is also a Democrat and has served in his role since 2015.
Democrats will defend 23 out of the 33 seats up for election in 2024, including the seats held by Independent Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Angus King (ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), while Republicans will only have to defend 10 seats. Sinema, formerly a Democrat, changed her party affiliation to independent back in December.
Two more years of Biden and even all the ballot harvesting and the manufacturing of votes might not save the Democrats.