Report: John James might be looking at running against Rep. Elissa Slotkin

After two tries at a seat in the U.S. Senate, Michigan Republican John James might now be looking at a spot in the U.S. House. His possible opponent: U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly.

According to a report last week in MIRS, a Lansing political newsletter, James might be doing some initial polling to see if a run against Slotkin in 2022 would be feasible. James is reportedly also looking at running against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Under the headline “Is James choosing between a run against Slotkin or Whitmer?” MIRS reported that “a source reported receiving a 10-minute phone survey the other night seeking some answers involving James and two officeholders you might recognize.”

The question asked in the survey was a simple one: If John James ran against Elissa Slotkin, how likely would you be to vote for him?

James, a businessman from Farmington Hills, made a surprisingly strong run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in 2018, losing by 6 points. In 2020, he came within 2 points of unseating incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.

James and Slotkin don’t live in the same congressional district, but that could change following redistricting. Slotkin’s 8th Congressional district currently takes in all of Livingston and Ingham counties and northern Oakland County, but that’ll change for the 2022 elections, when new districts are in place.

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