Candidates in race for U.S. Senate seat stump in mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Candidates in race for U.S. Senate seat stump in mid-Michigan

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The race for the seat being vacated by Senator Carl Levin is heating up. The Republican candidate campaigning for Levin's seat was in mid-Michigan Tuesday and her Democratic opponent will be in the area Wednesday.

We're already seeing the campaign ads and big endorsements and the election is still four months away.

Congressman Gary Peters and Michigan's former Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land are campaigning for the job.

In the last week, both candidates received endorsements from major organizations. The UAW has throw its support behind Democratic candidate Gary Peters.

Union representatives say they are backing Peters because of his consistent support of the auto industry.

Meanwhile, leaders of National Federation of Independent Business announced they're supporting Terry Lynn Land.

They say her mission to cut government spending and her effort to minimize regulations are big issues for small businesses.

Both candidates say they've taken steps to create jobs but they have very different views when it comes to women's issues.

Peters believes women should be making their own healthcare decisions. He's been critical of Land for not commenting on the recent supreme court ruling allowing businesses to chose whether or not they offer contraceptive coverage.

Land supports the use of contraception but says she also understands that government's foreseeing closely held businesses to violate their religious beliefs is not good.

Terri Lynn Land was in Flint Tuesday for the announcement of her big endorsement. Gary Peters will be in mid-Michigan Wednesday.

He'll be speaking to veterans at the VFW post in Davison.

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