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Hoekstra Eyes Run for Senate in 2012

By Henry J. Reske and Ashley Martella   |   Sunday, 30 Jan 2011 10:45 AM

Former GOP Congressman Pete Hoekstra said he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Hoekstra told Newsmax.TV he will decide whether to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in the next few months.

Hoekstra, who represented the Wolverine State in the House from 1993 until this month, announced in 2008 that he would not seek re-election but instead run for governor. He placed second in the GOP primary behind Rick Snyder, who went on to win the general election.

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“We left that race, we left it in a positive way,” he said. “We felt great about the state of Michigan, we felt great about the people of this state, we’ll take a look at it, and we’ll take two or three months and then we’ll make decision.

“The most important thing is that Republicans need to unite and we need to focus not on beating each other, we need to focus on November of 2012 when we have to have the right Republican candidate to take out Debbie Stabenow and get a good conservative voice in the Senate and a good conservative vote to replace hers.”

Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and a recent candidate to head the Republican National Committee, is also said to be considering a run for the Senate.

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