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Michigan: Could State Senate Race Spell Trouble for Schauer?

Michigan’s 19th district state Senate race received some extra attention on election night from national Republicans, who hope a big win by state Rep. Mike Nofs (R) is a harbinger for the area’s 2010 House race. Nofs defeated state Rep. Marty Griffin (D) by double digits to win the open seat previously held by Rep. Mark Schauer (D). Republicans say their win in the Democratic-leaning state district, which encompasses the key counties of Calhoun and Jackson, shows that Schauer is in trouble in his first re-election bid.

Schauer won the two counties in both his successful state Senate re-election in 2006 and his upset of Rep. Tim Walberg (R) in 2008.

“Republican Mike Nofs’ decisive victory in the heart of Schauer country is a sign that Michigan voters are sick and tired of the reckless policies of Nancy Pelosi and the Granholm/Cherry administration,— National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tom Erickson said, referencing Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry. “Mark Schauer should take these results to heart and reconsider his decision to support the trillion-dollar government takeover of health care.—

Walberg is seeking a rematch in 2010 but faces primary competition from attorney Brian Rooney, brother of Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).

Democrats note that the 19th Senate district had been held by a Republican before Schauer. “If last night’s results show us anything, it is that Congressman Schauer knows what it takes to win in Republican districts,— Democratic Congressional Campaign spokeswoman Gabby Adler said. “Schauer’s record, combined with his significant fundraising advantage, give him the clear advantage heading into 2010.—