Hypothetical match-ups for Debbie Stabenow in 2012:
New polling that shows President Obama leading prospective GOP challengers among Michigan voters and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow could be vulnerable.
In a hypothetical matchup against potential challengers, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra fares especially well. The poll (PDF), conducted last week by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, found Stabenow, the second-term Democratic senator from Lansing leads in several hypothetical matchups, but the margins are close.
The firm polled 1,224 Michigan residents between Dec. 3-6 and found Stabenow up 45-44 against Hoekstra, R-Holland. Stabenow leads former Secretary of State and U.S. Rep. Candice Miller 43-41 and current Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, 45-41.
And who gives Debbie a 4-6 point bump, pushing her closer to the magical 50% mark?
Matched against the oft-mentioned candidacy of former Gov. John Engler, Stabenow leads 49-42.
Dear John: We still don't like you all that much.
Wish they would have polled Dick DeVos, because I just have this feeling...