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Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 1:16 p.m.

Poll shows Debbie Dingell a front-runner to potentially replace Carl Levin

By Ryan J. Stanton

Debbie Dingell, a Democratic National Committee member and wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell, could be in line to replace U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, according to a new poll.


Debbie Dingell at a conference on Mackinac Island last year.

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The Detroit Free Press reported on Thursday that Dingell has a chance of winning the nomination, scoring no worse than a tie with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in a head-to-head matchup.

The poll of likely voters between March 19-21 found that, in a Democratic primary matchup, Dingell, who lives in Dearborn, leads Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, 30 percent to 25 percent, with 45 percent undecided.

While others could enter the race, Dingell's and Peters' names were the only ones tested in calls to 387 likely Democratic voters, the Free Press reported.

Peters is considering running after Levin announced this month he won't run again in 2014. Dingell has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but hasn't confirmed she's interested.

Dingell, who is no stranger to Ann Arbor and regularly makes appearances here with her husband, caught up with last year at the Mackinac Policy Conference where she was pushing for an increased focus on early childhood education. Read the story.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 12:24 p.m.

AA will repay her for her husbands bridge he used to buy 2010 election. Not a good choice for Mi but AA is center of the world so she will get 90 % here.

Mackinac Straits

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 2:21 a.m.



Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 12:56 a.m.

Good I am tired of these teapublicans ruining this country.


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

Agreed. Tea Publicans are ruining America. The party of obstruction has their claws into Michigan as well to the bottom!

Mackinac Straits

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 2:22 a.m.

I didn't know Levin tea partied.


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : midnight

That's the last thing we need, another party line entrenched democrat. We need to get rid of the likes of the Dingells and Levins and Stabenows, not elect more of them. Ugh.

Great Lakes Lady

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

These are NOT supposed to be JOBS FOR LIFE that you pass on down to your relatives.....


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:28 p.m.

After years of Carl Levin we're going to bring in another old retread? Aren't there any young democrats with new ideas and voices? Give me a break...............

Great Lakes Lady

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 10:43 p.m.

These are NOT supposed to be JOBS FOR LIFE that you pass on down to your relatives.....


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

Please, God, no.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:35 p.m.

i see no poll?

Usual Suspect

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

What's the point? It would probably be a mess as usual, with relevant choices like "I prefer ham sandwiches to newel posts."


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

Last one out of this state, turn off the lights please...

Outside(:-o)looking in

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

Hope NOT, she seems mean spirited and visceral. We need some positive forward thinkers, not more union reps.

Ricardo Queso

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:29 p.m.

But where will her campaign funds come from now that RTW has been enacted?

Great Lakes Lady

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:06 p.m.

What is this, an oligarchy??? John Dingell inherited his job from his father in the 1950s. Now his wife will take the Senate seat? Isn't this why our forefathers left England??

David Cahill

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

Ms. Dingell would be a very strong candidate and a fine senator. I hope she enters the race.


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 3:58 a.m.

Based on what qualifications, David?

Steve Hendel

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 1:17 a.m.

She has NO experience as a legislator, and (be honest) the only reason people are even seriously considering her for the Senate is her last name. The is like when Caroline KENNEDY Schlossberg was considering a run for the Senate in New York-a good person who has worked for good causes, but has no experience in the give-and-take of legislative life. There are plenty of people who fit that description-not just those with famous last names.

pooh bear

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:42 p.m.

oh, i get it. We had over a decade of Bush nepotism but somehow this time it's wrong. my vote's for Debbie.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:06 p.m.

That was bad too. That might even be exhibit A.

Use Logic

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:39 p.m.

Cripes. Isn't 80 years of Dingell enough?


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:34 p.m.

No, please no more political nepotism. People need to stop voting for individuals just because they voted for their husband/father/mother/uncle/whatever. The only benefit to her getting to the senate would be that she wouldn't be replacing him as congressperson, which I always assumed would happen. Or is there another Dingell that is going to be taking on that role?


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.

Can't we please get a Republican now?


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

If there where any real republicans left I would say yes but all there is the useless teapublicans who run for office then refuse to govern.

Alex Swary

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.



Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

April fools is on the 1st. Good grief at least get the right day.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:13 p.m.

Another bought and paid for vote...

Dog Guy

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

Doubling efficiency, John and Debbie could carry the bags of money for each other.

Patrick Maurer

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:51 p.m.

Perpetual Dingell, just what our forefathers tried to prevent. How lucky can we get. More mommy government and outrageous taxes.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.


David Bardallis

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:28 p.m.


Superior Twp voter

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:13 p.m.

Heaven help us.....

Jack Eaton

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

I think Debbie Dingle would be a great candidate for US Senate. If the Republican Party is going to wage a war on women, we Democrats should select a capable woman to lead us in the defense of women's rights. More than just being another strong woman, Ms. Dingle is exceptionally well informed and able to represent the values of Michigan voters.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:47 p.m.

It's amazing to me how somebody can be that far gone. and that much of a willing tool of the Democrat party.

Ricardo Queso

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

The only "war on women" in this country is being waged against the unborn.

Great Lakes Lady

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

Nobody is that ignorant to believe the rhetoric of "war on women" must work for the Democratic Party, Jack.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

Jack, surprised you are backing Debbie Dingell. IMHO she is way to partisan and a poor listener. She has a hard time working with others. I am sure the Democratic party can come up w/ a wiser choice

Jack Eaton

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

The Republican Party effort to deny women control over their own reproductive choices is one example of the hostility that party has toward women. The Republican resistance (until being thrashed in the November elections) to renewing the violence against women act is another example of the Republican view of women. The refusal of Republicans to pass the paycheck fairness act, which would address historic differences in pay for men and women is another instance where the interests of women are disregarded by that political party. But feel free to argue that the Republican Party has no gender problem. Women will continue to vote in large numbers for Democrats who listen and respond to family, work and equity issues.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:42 p.m.

" If the Republican Party is going to wage a war on women" So you're really, uh, to put it nicely, naive enough to believe that garbage?

Superior Twp voter

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

The only "war on women" is one made up for a Liberal talking point.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

I think we should put all the political power in just certain families. Maybe we could give them new titles, like "Dukes" or "Barons".


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 9:19 p.m.

Like the Bush family?


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

Are they the Michigan Rockefellers or Kennedys? If so, we got hosed.

Dan Higginbottom

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 5:49 p.m.

LOL, Old MI. deserve what it gets. Electing another Dingell are you people nuts?? I guess you want a high tax,illegal immigrant supporter,union crippling, far left Dingell to speak for you. You must also want the end of our good healthcare system by implementing Obama care. Just think how many millions in Mexico need your money and our healthcare. Oh and don't forget your jobs too. What a bunch of fools.

Admiral Halsey

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 6:52 a.m.

Are most of the readers Fox News stalwarts without immediate access to TV? These comments are exceedingly great.

Admiral Halsey

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 6:46 a.m.

Yeah our healthcare is top notch. It would be a total drag for that to change.

Steven Taylor

Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 12:15 a.m.

One was enough, Two was painful.. Three, nails in the coffin.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 8 p.m.

Sometimes, the voters just never learn. Almost the same as they are now ignoring our growing debt as a nation.

Top Cat

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 5:39 p.m.

The only problem with Debbie going to the Senate would be that John would need a new puppeteer.


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 : 10:35 a.m.

I totally agree with this one. More puppets in office I always say.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 9:35 p.m.

So I am not the only one that believes some one has been pulling the strings.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 5:33 p.m.

Debbie is a fiery labor advocate. She is also very common sense on hot button issues like guns and abortion. I would vote for her in a heart beat!