Willow Run Tea Party throws support behind Clark Durant for U.S. Senate
Durant picked up the endorsement over former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, the other leading GOP candidate eyeing Stabenow's seat.
Durant announced the endorsement on Wednesday, saying he's honored to pick up support from the Ypsilanti-based group.
Dan Benefiel, co-director of the Tea Party group, said Durant won the endorsement because he has the best combination of experience and strong conservative positions, and many felt he is the best person to defeat Stabenow and "go get things done in Washington."
Durant, of Grosse Pointe Farms, has endorsements from several Michigan Tea Party groups now. He's the co-founder and former CEO of Cornerstone charter schools.
A new poll last week showed Stabenow continuing to hold a 9 percent edge against Hoekstra and an 11 percent edge against Durant in individual showdowns.
Other Republican candidates, former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman and American Family Association-Michigan President Gary Glenn, were not placed in a matchup against the Democratic incumbent in the poll, according to an MLive.com report.
Hoekstra, Durant and Stabenow appeared at a candidate forum on Mackinac Island last month and discussed regional transit, with Stabenow more enthusiastic about the possibilities.
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