Donald Trump broke a number of barriers by winning the Republican nomination for President. He was the first reality television star to win a Republican primary, but he might not be the last entertainer to do so. Pioneering musician Kid Rock formed an exploratory committee for a potential run for Senate in Michigan earlier this summer.
Similar to Trump, most political professionals doubt that Detroit musician will even bother running. They shouldn’t be so sure given that the first Michigan Senate Republican primary poll shows Kid Rock in first place by a huge margin:
Zogby Analytics told Secrets that rock and roller Kid Rock has more support in the Republican primary than every other candidate combined. Kid Rock is already selling campaign gear. At 29 percent, he has an enormous lead over potential candidates.
Kid Rock leads Republican race, but trails far behind Stabenow
While it might seem as if Kid Rock has the Republican primary race all sewn up, it isn’t that simple. First of all, while he does have a substantial percentage, his support is dwarfed by the 56 percent of Republicans who remain undecided. The majority still don’t have any idea who they’re voting for, nor should they, as the primary won’t take place for almost a year.
Furthermore, while Kid Rock has a comfortable lead among Republicans, he’s trailing far behind his general election opponent incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow. The latest poll shows Senator Stabenow with an eighteen point lead over the noted Trump supporter. Even with a year to go, that’s quite the distance to make up.
The Republican Party is right to fear Trumpublicans’ general election chances
It will be a tough election for any Republican given that Michigan’s current Senator has proven popular. Debbie Stabenow was first elected in 2000 and has increased her margin of victory in every election since. She won reelection to a third term in 2012 with 59 percent of the vote.
That said, the Republican Party still has a chance to win 60 votes in the Senate if they play their cards right next year. But, allowing a political outsider like Kid Rock to get the nomination in Michigan is a major gamble that they cannot afford to make. Donald Trump’s success remains a complete fluke and not something that can be counted on to repeat.
These early polls may be good for Kid Rock, but they aren’t necessarily good for the Republican Party’s chances of getting a filibuster proof Senate majority in 2018.
(Photo of Kid Rock playing his set during a USO Holiday Tour stop at Al Taqaddum, Iraq, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, used with permission.)