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Welcome to Michigan Radio’s coverage page for the 2012 Election.If you’re looking for more information to help with your decisions, you can read our collection of stories about key races featured below.You can also check out our Guide to the Ballot Proposals.

Tea Party Express rolling back to Michigan

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Sign wielding protesters at a Tea Party Express rally in Jackson, Michigan in 2010

The Tea Party Express will roll back into Michigan next week.     The conservative political activists hold rallies featuring fiery speeches and patriotic music.  Previous visits have focused on health care reform and government spending. This time the focus will be on Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Levi Russell is a Tea Party Express spokesman.   He says the Tea Party group is hoping to rally local conservatives to work to defeat Stabenow’s re-election bid next year. 

 “The 2010 mid-term elections were so successful in large part due to a huge amount of citizen activity from the Tea Party on the ground…  What we want to do is repeat that success and add to it.”  

Several candidates are already fighting for the Republican nomination to challenge Stabenow in 2012, including former congressman Pete Hoekstra and charter schools advocate Clark Durant

The Tea Party Express bus tour will stop in Hillsdale and suburban Detroit next Friday and Saturday. 

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