Michigan: Looks Aren't Everything

Democrats just knew they could get his seat, but unglamorous Spencer Abraham is surprising them

Earlier this year, when Democrats were making a list of Republican Senators who would be easy to beat in November, Michigan's Spencer Abraham looked like the Big Easy. A former staff member for Vice President Dan Quayle, he was elected in 1994 as part of the Newt Gingrich insurgency. The state's first G.O.P. Senator in more than 20 years, Abraham went to Washington, then went nowhere. As a Senator he focused on topics like immigrant visas for highly skilled workers--important to business, but not the hottest of hot buttons for voters--while telephone calls from constituents went unanswered and party donors could...

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