Can Kid Rock Win a Senate Race in Michigan?

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Kid Rock performs before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 U.S. Senate candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans. Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday, July 12, 2017, that a website hinting at his campaign —www.kidrockforsenate.com — is legit. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Don’t look now, but recent polling on the U.S. Senate race in Michigan has a very unlikely contender giving incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow a run for her money. The Delphi Analytica poll shows Kid Rock (a/k/a Robert Ritchie) at 54%, with Stabenow at 46%.

Okay – time for the caveats: It’s early; Ritchie hasn’t actually filed for the race; only 668 people were polled; and 44% of those polled remain undecided.  (Which makes the actual breakdown 44% undecided; 30% Kid Rock; 26% Debbie Stabenow.) And the biggest caveat of all: “Delphi Analytica” isn’t exactly a well-known polling outfit with a reputable history. Still, it has to have Stabenow and the Democrats doing a bit of a double-take.

Two years ago, I’d have dismissed it as a publicity stunt or a flukey poll without so much as a second thought. But it’s 2017. And Donald Trump is the President of the United States. So…who’s to say Kid Rock won’t be the next Senator from Michigan?