Trump-Backed Candidate Bags Endorsement in Senate Primary

According to reports, Michigan Republican Jack Bergman endorsed former Republican Mike Rogers in the 2024 Senate race to replace retiring Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Former president Donald Trump is just one of numerous prominent Republicans who have announced their support for Rogers. In a statement to the media, Bergman, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General, said that Rogers would assist the Senate in addressing border security issues, helping veterans, and bolstering the American energy industry. Mike will be an outspoken supporter of Michiganders and will not need any on-the-job training. He said he is looking forward to having Mike as a critical ally in the Senate. Together, they can stop Joe Biden’s assault on American energy, which disproportionately affects families in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and they can protect our borders. They will ensure veterans get the medical attention and benefits they’ve earned.

In addition to Daines of Montana,  Joni Ernst of Iowa, Katie Britt of Alabama, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia are also Republicans endorsing Rogers. Supporters of the Republican include former Detroit police chief James Craig, who withdrew his candidacy in the middle of February, as well as Representative Tim Walberg of Michigan, former Representative Candice Miller of Michigan, and former United States Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Reports show Rogers and other GOP candidates from other challenging states were recruited for the seat by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), chaired by Daines.

Among the Republican candidates vying for the nomination, Rogers leads the race against his opponents, including Justin Amash and Peter Meijer, two former GOP congressmen who supported Trump’s impeachment.

In 2019, Amash resigned from the Republican Party.  According to recent polls, Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin is in a tight race with the former congressman, with a lead of one to two points or a dead tie.

RealClearPolitics averages Trump ahead of Joe Biden in the battleground state by 3.4 points. Trump won the state in 2016, but he lost it in 2020.

The seat is now marked as leaning toward the Democrat Party in The Cook Political Report.