Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan has announced that she will retire effective January 3, 2025. Her announcement paves the way for the GOP to gain footing in Michigan.

In her statement on Thursday, the Senator remarked, “Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025,” Stabenow said in a statement Thursday.

Formerly a member of the Michigan state Senate and later a member of the U.S. House, Stabenow, 72, was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

Reflecting on her career and what brought her to make the decision, Stabenow said: “Under the cloud of unprecedented threats to our democracy and our basic freedoms, a record-breaking number of people voted last year in Michigan. Young people showed up like never before. This was a very hopeful sign for our future.”

The newly refreshed NRSC wasted no time in putting their bullseye on the state of Michigan. “Senate Democrats don’t even have a campaign chair yet and they are already dealing with a major retirement. We are going to aggressively target this seat in 2024. This could be the first of many Senate Democrats who decide to retire rather than lose,” NRSC communications director Mike Berg said in a statement.

Michigan has a deep history of being a blue state, but there is a glimmer of hope for putting a Conservative in the seat that Sen. Stabenow now occupies.

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