Four days ago Mitt Romney was endorsing Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s former Secretary of State, in her bid for the open-seat being vacated by [mc_name name=”Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”L000261″ ]. Hours ago, the NRSC just pulled its million-dollar TV ad buy on her behalf for late October and liberals are salivating at the gift. From Vox:
“This paves the way for the Democratic candidate, Rep. Gary Peters, to pick up an easy win in the open seat race.
If you’ve been reading Vox’s Senate forecast roundup, you won’t be surprised by this at all — the most optimistic forecast for Land gave her only a 13 percent chance to win this morning…”
While Romney was rallying on Land’s behalf explaining that she would help turn the tide on the Keystone-pipeline energy question, she followed up by hitting her opponent over ObamaCare, “I’ll tell you what’s a war on women — not being able to keep your doctor when you’re going through a (health) crisis.” Aside from the latest polling which puts her 9 points behind (42%-33%) a few days ago, perhaps it’s Land’s campaigning against ObamaCare that sent shivers down the NRSC’s spine (does it even have a spine?). Her [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ]-backing and liberal-loving opponent, [mc_name name=”Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)” chamber=”house” mcid=”P000595″ ] has yet to reach even the 50% polling threshold. He is not well liked by any independent Michigander.
Michigan is winnable when fought for and not given up on as the ’08 McCain campaign was so quick to do, to Sarah Palin’s dismay. Though left-leaning media has labeled Land a less-than inspirational GOP senate candidate, Michigan is a purple-state when its Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is coasting to reelection victory, the Republicans run both state chambers and the majority of its congressional delegation is in the GOP hands. Granted Terri Lynn Land is not some right-leaning conservative like [mc_name name=”Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000307″ ] or [mc_name name=”Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C000567″ ], which the NRSC has bent over backwards to support, but at least she travels with her husband and lives in Michigan.