Election 2000: New Faces In The Senate

The fresh players who will be joining the upper house, where calls will be closer and debates more divisive

PRESCRIPTION FOR VICTORY Debbie Stabenow, Democrat, Michigan

Democrats looking to pick off Senate seats tagged that of Spencer Abraham, a first-termer and Michigan's first G.O.P. Senator in more than 20 years, as their easiest target. The contest turned out to be a squeaker, but two-term Congresswoman Debbie Stabenow finally delivered. Though outspent by nearly 2 to 1, the bubbly Stabenow outshone her often lusterless opponent on the campaign trail and in the debates. Stabenow, 50, who had previously served in the state legislature for 16 years, starting at age 28, campaigned most vigorously on prescription-drug benefits for the elderly. For months,...