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Outgoing Congressman Mike Rogers endorses candidate to replace him

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Former state senate majority leader Mike Bishop picked up an endorsement today  in his campaign to be Michigan’s next eighth district congressman.

The endorsement came from current eighth district congressman Mike Rogers.

Rogers surprised many when he announced last month he’s stepping down after serving seven terms in Congress.

Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst. He doesn’t see the Rogers endorsement playing a big role in race.

Lessenberry says what matters more is who else jumps in the race.

“I doubt if a whole lot more people…serious contenders that is….jump in because people stop and look at it and realize this is going to take a whole lot of money,” says Lessenberry.

Lessenberry predicts candidates will need to be ready to spend at least a million dollars in a campaign just to win their party’s nomination.

Candidates have another two weeks before the filing deadline.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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