Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow appears likely to win a third term, as pre-election polls have shown her with double-digit leads. Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra insists he's getting a late surge of support.
Hoekstra, a former nine-term member of the U.S. House who retired in 2010 and ran unsuccessfully for governor, has struggled to overcome a fundraising disadvantage and find weaknesses in Stabenow's record to exploit.
An important note to make, and one that Hoekstra is also quick to point out, he came from nowhere in 1992 to upset former Rep. Guy Vander Jagt in the GOP primary.