GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Both Democrats and Republicans want to win the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by longtime Democratic Sen.Carl Levin in 2014. But both sides have something else in common when it comes to the high-profile race: They'd like to avoid a primary battle.
Democrats have made it clear that they want to avoid a primary if they can to save energy and particularly money for the general election battle against Republicans in the fall. That is true for the race for the U.S. Senate as well as the one for the Michigan governor's office. For now, Democrats have only one major candidate in each race.
Many Republicans would like to do the same. But that may more difficult to pull off with one already-announced candidate and at least two Republican congressmen also eyeing the race.
Former Secretary of State and Kent County Clerk Terri Lynn Land has thrown her hat in the ring for the Republican nomination.
Congressman Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) said a few weeks ago on "To The Point," that he was considering the Senate race, but that he was still planning on running for a third term with the U.S. House of Representatives.
Last week on Mackinac Island, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) said he had not made a decision about running for Levin's seat. During that conference, many were clearly encouraging him to do so.
As of now, only Land and Democratic Congressman Gary Peters are officially running.
Later this week, 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin will host a forum with Amash, and the question of running for Senate will no doubt come up.
With nearly a year until the filing deadline, 24 Hour News 8 will watch both sides of the ballot closely to see if either or both major parties can avoid an internal battle before the main event in November.
==Watch: Rick Albin speaks with Land about her bid for the U.S. Senate.==
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