by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
Musical star Kid Rock announced he was planning to run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Michigan earlier this month:
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
Democrats immediately burst out laughing at the prospect — despite being the party of former SNL “Stuart Smalley” character Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and fake Native American Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Well they aren’t laughing now that the first major poll in the race has been released.
It shows that the Detroit native Kid Rock (born Robert Ritchie) is leading incumbent Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow handily, 54% to 46%!
Even Texas Governor Greg Abbott was excited:
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 24, 2017
Delphi Analytica conducted a poll from July 14-18 of 668 Michigan residents. Of respondents who stated a preference between Debbie Stabenow and Robert Ritchie, 54% stated they would vote for Ritchie while 46% said they would vote for Debbie Stabenow. These results could indicate that Ritchie is a popular figure in Michigan, Debbie Stabenow is unpopular, or some combination of concurrent trends. The relatively large, 44%, number of undecided respondents may be due to the early stages of the campaign.
Kid Rock has plenty of issues that an opposing candidate might target, as Politico points out:
… the no-contest plea to charges he assaulted a DJ at a Nashville strip club, the messy divorce from Pamela Anderson … . when he told Rolling Stone of his distaste for Beyoncé (“I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts”) and gave the New Yorker his stance on same-sex marriage (“I don’t give a f**k if gay people get married. I don’t love anybody who acts like a f**kin’ faggot”).
But Rock has something few Republican rivals can match: virtually unlimited cash. He’s worth tens of millions — more than enough to take on Stabenow’s reported $4 million war chest.
But he has also shown he is still a man of the people. he has donated seven-figure sums to charity. Rock even capped ticket prices to his concerts at $20 so working class fans could attend.
In effect, Kid Rock has crossover appeal to both parties that reminds many of the current occupant of the White House, Donald J. Trump.
POLITICO even warned Democrats not to underestimate Rock, for similar reasons:
Trump competed with 16 rivals for the Republican nomination, more than a dozen of whom were established, well-regarded, well-financed campaigners; Ritchie would enter a primary field of three little-known newcomers to partisan politics.
Trump was targeted by a national network of influential donors and activists who laughed him off at first, only to mount a desperate scramble to thwart his candidacy once they realized their peril; Ritchie would face little such resistance in a state where primaries aren’t preordained by party bosses.
Trump started his run with no obvious base or blueprint for victory; Ritchie would launch a campaign on the strength of his favorite-son status that cuts across socioeconomic boundaries and is particularly resonant with the president’s winning coalition of culturally conservative, populist-minded, blue-collar voters.
“He’s well-liked in Michigan. He’s a hometown darling. He’s got deep connections to Detroit. He’s done a lot throughout the state.”
“Anybody who’s writing him off is making a mistake,” former chairman of the Michigan GOP, Saul Anuzis, told POLITICO.
And given that comedian Franken “won” his seat via voter fraud, and that Warren lied about being a Cherokee to obtain Affirmative Action cash and job promotions for decades, Democrats can hardly say Kid Rock is not “Senatorial.”
Can’t WAIT for this one to get going!