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Democratic Michigan Sen. Stabenow wins 3rd term

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has won re-election, defeating former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

Stabenow had no primary opposition and built a fundraising advantage over Hoekstra, who fended off a challenge for the GOP nomination from charter school founder Clark Durant.

Stabenow ran television ads portraying herself as a bipartisan champion of Michigan industries, particularly manufacturing and agriculture. As chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she won a rare endorsement from the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Hoekstra's campaign tried to attract attention with low-budget Internet ads describing Stabenow as "the worst senator," but they drew little traction.

The candidates accused each other of favoring policies that would damage Medicare, the popular health program for seniors. Stabenow said Hoekstra supported budget cuts proposed by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Hoekstra issued this statement on the election results:

"First, I want to thank my family, staff and all the volunteers that worked so hard to get us to this point. Although we were not successful today, we must not let up as the challenges that face Michigan families remain real. America needs real solutions to get people working and ensure the next generation has better opportunities than this generation. I congratulate Senator Stabenow on her third term in the U.S. Senate and hope that she will listen to the ideas from the other side of the aisle to form policies that will get the job done for the people of Michigan."

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