Combat vet James, incumbent Stabenow vie for Senate seat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s U.S. Senate race features a popular three-term Democratic incumbent and a political newcomer who flew combat helicopters in the Iraq War.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow is citing her bipartisan accomplishments in Congress, while Republican John James says Washington could use someone with his military and business leadership skills.

He slams Stabenow as too liberal and “ineffective” and part of the partisan rancor in the nation’s capital. She says he is too much of a fan of President Donald Trump.

Despite excitement for James among Republicans, Stabenow is the favorite and rarely loses elections.

National groups have not prioritized the Michigan race. They are focusing instead on battleground races in states seen as key to determining whether Republicans hold the Senate or Democrats take control.