Kid Rock hints at potential US Senate run in Michigan

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FILE - This May 5, 2015 file photo shows musician Kid Rock performing during National Concert Day in New York. Activists in Detroit trying to persuade Kid Rock to stop displaying the Confederate flag at concerts plan to meet this week with General ... Motors over the Chevrolet brand's sponsorship of the musician's summer tour. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File) (The Associated Press)

Kid Rock for U.S. Senate?

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The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans.

Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday that a website hinting at his campaign — www.kidrockforsenate.com — is legit.

“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real,” he said on Facebook and Twitter. “The answer is an absolute YES. Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future.”

Ritchie could not immediately be reached by The Associated Press to discuss his plans.


Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said he had not heard from Ritchie, who endorsed GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

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“It could be a publicity ploy. Don’t know,” Weiser said in a text message.

The website shows Ritchie, 46, and has slogans such as “In Rock We Trust,” ″I’ll Rock The Party” and “You’ve Never Met a Politician Quite Like Me.” It links to campaign merchandise on a website for his record label, Warner Bros.

Third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018 after easily winning in 2012 and 2006. Republican candidates include former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr. and businesswoman Lena Epstein.

Democrats traditionally have fared well in statewide federal elections in Michigan. But Trump’s narrow victory over Hillary Clinton in the state — the first for a GOP presidential nominee in 28 years — has given Republicans some optimism about facing the popular Stabenow.

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