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Can Clark Durant Replicate Rick Snyder’s Success in Michigan?

12:00 AM, Apr 5, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Durant makes a solid case that as an outsider and education reformer, he could prove to be a stronger challenger than Hoekstra. But Michigan will be an uphill battle no matter who the Republican nominee is. And Durant has his own vulnerabilities. Although his opposition to the Wall Street bailout may be an asset, Democrats will surely attack him for opposing the auto bailout, which both Hoekstra and Stabenow supported. “I think the auto bailout was a mistake,” says Durant, “because it violated the law. It violated the rights of bondholders. It didn’t take care of all the labor people who were affected by this reorganization.”

“It is hard to know who might be the better general election candidate,” according to the Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy. “While Hoekstra has the experience and has been able to raise the money, he also has an 18-year voting record in the House, an institution that voters hold in pretty low regard."

"While Clark can run as an outsider, he is a newcomer to politics and has not yet proven that he has put together a top flight Senate campaign," Duffy continued. "I don’t think one is more competitive than the other; they just bring different strengths and weaknesses to the campaign.”

In the months leading up to the August 7 primary, Michigan voters may very well decide for themselves that an outsider Tea Party candidate like Durant has a better shot than Hoekstra of beating Debbie Stabenow.

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