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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 08:08 AM

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters tapped to lead Senate Democrats' campaign arm

The just-reelected second-term senator from Michigan will be leading the party's efforts to defend its new, razor-thin majority in next year's midterms.


Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan will chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2022 as Democrats seek to protect their fragile 50-50 majority in the chamber.

Peters, who is coming off his own competitive reelection in which he narrowly won a second term against a well-funded challenger, will be tasked with leading the committee in what is expected to be a tumultuous first midterm election for the party with tenuous control over all levers of power in Washington.

The 2022 Senate map provides an equal dose of opportunities and challenges for Democrats. They'll have to defend newly elected senators in Georgia and Arizona, as well as first-term incumbents in Nevada and New Hampshire, while also looking to go on the offensive in places such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, two of which are already open seats with GOP senators set to retire.

Peters, who was first elected in 2014 in the same year Democrats lost their last Senate majority, said in an interview Thursday he plans to lean on his experience winning during a challenging midterm environment when an unpopular former President Barack Obama was still in the White House and Democrats were wiped out nearly everywhere. He declined to address whether the party would continue its aggressive posture to back candidates in open primaries and said Democrats' issue set will be focused on pandemic response, reviving the economy, affordable health care and jobs.


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